In March 2013, I visited Conn for the first time as a high school junior and fell in love at first sight with the school. Back then, I was leaning toward applying to a small school with academic support and Conn certainly felt like the right fit for me. When I applied to colleges that January, Conn was my first choice. I remember being drawn to it because, like my high school, it was a small community that fostered student relationships with professors inside and outside the classroom. Now, I share my college-search experience and why I chose Conn with interviewees from all over the world through my job as a senior admission fellow.
Last spring, I sat in my apartment in Haifa, Israel, where I was studying for the semester, and had an interview over Skype with Ben Brown, Assistant Director of Admission at Conn, for the position of senior admission fellow. Ben and I discussed a multitude of topics, including why I chose to attend Conn. It had been four years since I submitted the Common Application to Conn.
In my job as a fellow, I have the real inside scoop on the college admission process. By conducting interviews with high school students, writing assessments for the Admission Committee and serving as an ambassador to the College, I get to share my experience here with future Camels. If you asked me four years ago if I wanted this job, I would not have an answer for you. I didn’t even know if I would get into Conn until March 26, 2014! While the training to become a fellow was oftentimes tedious, being able to share my experiences at the college has taught me that the application process was not that long ago and I know more than I think about applying to college. When meeting applicants, I often stress the importance of maintaining a calendar to keep track of deadlines and important dates surrounding the process. It is important to know when the SAT (which is completely optional for applicants at Conn) is being proctored in your area.
I have put together a few tips for the applicants out there and hope to see you in my office sometime soon!
1. Be on time!
2. I want to get to know you, think about what makes you tick.
3. It’s truly a conversation, not an interview.
4. Questions are not just for me to ask you, bring some for me.
5. When in doubt it is okay to not have an answer!