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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, Second Edition by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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49. Acing the College Interview

A student who doesn’t take the time to visit the campus and schedule an interview is sending us a message that they are not very interested in us.

—An admission director at Gettysburg College

During an interview at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, Seth Allen, who was the school’s head of admissions and is now the admissions dean at Pomona College, asked my daughter, Caitlin, this question: “What is the most creative thought that you’ve ever had?”

Caitlin’s first panicked thought was this: “What? I have no idea.”

Then her brain kicked in and she blurted out something about chopsticks. She told Allen that she wanted to learn how to use chopsticks with her left hand because she thought this would impress colleges. ...

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