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The Futility Of College Interviews

from The Atlantic

The prospective student on the other end of the phone was frantic and desperate. She had already called my alma mater's admissions office at least twice and seemed to know what I was going to say before I started my sentence. The student was ineligible for the optional alumni interviews offered to most applicants, and she was ostensibly aware that this last-ditch effort was unlikely to change the reality: She simply lived too far from where they were offered. I reassured the student that this wouldn't hurt her chances of being accepted, but still, she begged me to give her a slot, offering to fly hundreds of miles to participate in a 30-minute conversation she was convinced would make or break her future. more


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