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Episode 4: Prepping for a College Interview



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What are the best questions to ask in every college interview? Are there different types of interviews offered at universities? How does a student prepare for the interviews? When should students plan to interview at schools or with alumni? These are questions many parents have as their sons or daughters start the college admissions journey. If you are wondering what is the best strategy or approach your student can take with respect to interviews, listen up as we invited Patrick Meade, a former Assistant Director of Admissions, to join us and share his tips, strategies and advice on how to best prepare for the college interview.

“In my life, I have had the opportunity to interview prospective college students in multiple capacities—as a student, as an alumnus, and as an admissions officer. In every one of these settings, the biggest mistake students make is being so laser-focused on preparing their answers to my questions that they forget to ask questions of their own.”


Key Takeaways:

  • Different types of interviews
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Strategy for asking questions
  • Best approach when speaking with your area admissions representative
  • Thank you emails
  • Most memorable questions
  • College visits
  • What do you wish you knew before attending college
  • Favorite dessert or dessert shop around campus


Important Resources and Links:

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Top 13 Questions to Ask in Your Next College Interview


Meet Patrick Meade

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Patrick is a former Assistant Director of Admissions at Johns Hopkins University where he recruited students and read applications from all corners of the globe. At Hopkins, he focused on the messaging and marketing of the undergraduate experience—an extension of his senior thesis “An Exploration of Liberal Arts Colleges,” a study of the distinctly American small residential college experience.
Patrick is currently a Membership Engagement Associate for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honors society founded by John Adams in 1780 to “convene leaders from every human endeavor” to examine new ideas and address issues of national importance. He designs and implements panels, lectures, receptions, and other programs that provide members with opportunities to connect to each other and the work of the Academy.  Patrick graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2014 with a major in English and a minor in Museums and Society. He is an avid sailor and native of Cape Cod, MA.


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