By Elizabeth George
During this month, many seniors let out a breath of relief as they completed the last of their on-site interviews for local colleges. An on-site is an opportunity for seniors to receive on-the-spot admission and possible scholarships to a college decided during a short interview held in school.
This differs from the more traditional method of applying to college using the Common Application or a different online application, which would require a lengthier time to receive a response from the college. It is a popular misconception that those doing on-site interviews are spared from the essays and other components of the application process. On-site interviews still require students to send in their online application a few days in advance so representatives can review their information beforehand.
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Seniors receive informational packets with their acceptance to the school after on-site interviews.
On-site interviews are often suggested to a student who is eligible, since application fees are waived, allowing students to save money. Although some seniors believe that on-site interviews are the best application method, others have mixed feelings.
“On-sites can be very unnerving since you only have a few minutes to leave a lasting impression on the admissions representative. You have to answer questions quickly and think on your feet. You also have a higher chance of making mistakes,” senior Harsimar Manocha said.
“On-sites save students a great amount of money and prompts students to start thinking about what the upcoming year will look for them: how far from home they will go, where they’ll live, whether they’ll have a job, how much more financial aid or external scholarships they need to seek and numerous other details,” senior Saffah Azeem said. “The interview also gives you the opportunity to ask questions directly to a knowledgeable admissions representative who is best able to provide you with accurate information.”
“The decision of whether to schedule an on-site is one that a student needs to carefully consider for themselves. Students applying to programs that are more selective will have little time to refine their answers to the best quality, which is needed for these highly competitive programs. Also, for less social students, it can be frightening and you might feel that you represent yourself and your abilities better through writing,” senior Ruth Solomon said.
Coming out of the on-site interview and application process, some seniors have shared advice for incoming seniors about what they learned.
“Brainstorm answers to a few possible questions, such as the ‘why this school’ and ‘why this major,’ questions in advance. Stay calm, be yourself and form truthful answers only,” senior Ayesha Rashid said.