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How to Handle the College Application Process as a Parent

How to Handle the College Application Process as a Parent

The following piece was written by Kofi Kankam. Kofi has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former admissions interviewer for The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the co-founder of Admit Advantage. His face was alight with the joy of life. Not a care in the world, he would always greet me, arms open, beaming, “I love you, Mom. Good morning. I trust you slept well.” Anything I needed, from the floors being mopped to cleaning out the refrigerator, done without pestering or even request. But all of a sudden, fall semester of senior year, he morphed into some other teenager. So, if you ... Read More About How to Handle the College Application Process as a Parent

How to Handle Your Body Language in an Admissions Interview

How to Handle Your Body Language in an Admissions Interview

The following piece was written by Peggy Wallace. Peggy is the Founder of Making Conversation, LLC and a former regional alumna admissions interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania. If your body language conflicts with what you are saying, the listener will go with their gut and trust what your body is saying nearly every time. Think about it. What would you trust? During an interview, your open body language and ability to listen (as well as concomitantly answering the questions asked) by being in the moment with your whole body makes the difference. An interview, whether face-to-face or by phone, is truly live theater. A memorized pre ... Read More About How to Handle Your Body Language in an Admissions Interview

How to Prepare for Your Med School Admissions Interview: Part 2

How to Prepare for Your Med School Admissions Interview: Part 2

By Michelle Finkel, MDThe following piece was written by Dr. Michelle Finkel. Michelle has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former Harvard Medical School faculty member. She is the founder of Insider Medical Admissions. With your medical school personal statement writing finally behind you, it’s time to start thinking about the much-dreaded medical school admissions interview. Please take a look at my last Varsity Tutors blog entry on medical interviews for pointers on how to let your story show your glory and the rationale for why you should learn to fake it until you make it. In this entry and those th ... Read More About How to Prepare for Your Med School Admissions Interview: Part 2

10 Tips for Acing Your College Admissions Interview

10 Tips for Acing Your College Admissions Interview

The following piece was written by Joie Jager-Hyman. Joie has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former Assistant Director of Admissions for Dartmouth College. She is the founder of her own admissions consulting service, College Prep 360. While not every school offers interviews for admission, if the opportunity is presented to you, take it! Before the school year starts, research your colleges’ websites to see if they offer interviews. If they do, reserve your spot as soon as possible. Even if an interview isn’t officially recommended, it can still be a great opportunity for students to demonstrate ... Read More About 10 Tips for Acing Your College Admissions Interview

How to Prepare for College Fairs

How to Prepare for College Fairs

The following piece was written by Rachel Korn. Rachel has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer, as well as the founder of her own admissions consulting firm. Throughout the year, in locations ranging from high school gymnasiums to large city conference centers, colleges and universities gather together to put on large-scale informational/recruiting events for high school students and parents. Schools bring informational brochures or presentations on computers and tablets to capture your interest and capture your contact information for their mailing lists. The ... Read More About How to Prepare for College Fairs