College Interview Tips!

If you are applying to a college that offers or requires interviews, here are some tips to make the most of the opportunity.

  • Arrive early.  Give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview, especially if you have never been to the college before.  Arriving early gives the impression that you take the interview seriously and you respect the admission counselor’s time.
  • Dress professionally.  Something similar to your formal school uniform is appropriate.
  • Be prepared.  Before the interview, spend some time really thinking about why you want to go to this college.  Are there specific programs you are interested in?  Go on the college’s website and see what you can find–being able to talk about details is key.
  • Ask questions.  Interviews are not only meant to help the admissions team learn more about you, but to help you learn more about the school as well.  Come to the interview with questions ready to go and also ask questions based on what the interviewer has said.
  • Bring a resume.  We require you to complete your resume in Naviance; this is the perfect time to use it!  Print it out and bring a copy with you to give to the interviewer.  It is also a good idea to bring a copy of your transcript.  Stop by Guidance beforehand and we’d be happy to print one for you.  Be ready to talk about your resume and transcript as well.
  • Practice.  If you are nervous or you are not sure what types of questions an interviewer will ask, see your guidance counselor and we can help.  Though there isn’t a set list of questions that every college asks in an interview, there are general topics that are likely to be covered and we are happy to help you with that.
  • Be yourself.  Colleges are interviewing you to find out more about who you are–your interests, your experiences, what you will bring to their campus, etc.  So, though its important to be professional and prepared, it is also important to be yourself.  This is your opportunity to show them who you are outside of your transcript and list of activities–take advantage!

Best of luck on your college interviews and remember, Guidance is here to help!

 

Major Monday – Sociology

This week’s Major Monday post comes courtesy of Ms. Casey, Lowell Catholic’s Director of Campus Ministry.  Ms. Casey’s passion for her job is evident.   You see it in her planning of our Masses and retreats, in her enthusiasm for providing CSL opportunities, and in the ways she gets us to think about social issues. And we all love her bulletin boards!

bulletin board

Here Ms. Casey shares with us what led her to her career.

1) What was your college major and where did you go to school?
As an undergraduate at Stonehill College I majored in Sociology, and minored in Health Care Administration.  I later attended Boston College and received a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, with a concentration in Youth Ministry.

2)  Was that your original major?   If not, what was your original major and why did you decide to switch?
No, this was not my original major.  I began my college career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an architecture major.  I quickly realized that I was not suited to either architecture or Rensselaer, and decided to transfer at the end of my freshman year.  I began my sophomore year at Stonehill College, where I decided to pursue a Health Care Administration major. However,  at the end of my sophomore year I went on a service trip in Boston, where I realized that I had a deep desire to pursue social work.  Stonehill did not offer a social work program, but did offer a social work oriented track through the Sociology Department.
After a brief stint in the social work field I decided to return to school to pursue ministry.

3)  What made you choose your major?
I chose sociology as my major because, as previously mentioned, it was the closest thing to social work that Stonehill offered.  However, I also knew when I selected it that it would be a good foundation for anything I decided to do in the future, as most of my classes were focused on human relationships and social dynamics.  I knew that even if I did not end up pursuing a career in social work I would be in some sort of people-oriented field, and that this major would serve useful in many ways.

4)  What were your favorite college classes?
As an undergraduate my favorite course was “Human Resources.”  I learned so much from this one course!  Not only did I receive an introduction to the non-profit world, but I was also given tools to engage people in meaningful conversation, particularly when they were going through difficult times.  I have since used the skills learned in this class time and time again, in many different jobs!

5)  What advice would you give to students looking to study your major?
Do not let statistics or research methods courses scare you!  Both of these courses were extremely difficult for me, but were also the most rewarding when all was said and done.  I would also suggest taking an Intro to Sociology course if you are intrigued by the subject of sociology.  Sociology is a subject many of us are not exposed to until college, and an intro course offers a great summary of what the major will entail.  Many liberal arts schools even require you to take an Intro to Sociology course- don’t pass up the opportunity!
Stonehill College, Ms. Casey's alma mater

Stonehill College, Ms. Casey’s alma mater

Thanks for sharing, Ms. Casey!

Major Monday – Elementary Education (Concentration in Biology)

This week’s Major Monday is brought to you by Mrs. Scheiner, Lowell Catholic’s science department coordinator and biology and chemistry teacher.

1. What did you major in college?  Where did you go to college?

I majored in Elementary Education with a concentration in Biology (my college required that every education major have a concentration in something.  I went to The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

source:  strose.edu

source: strose.edu

2. Is this major your original major?  If not, what was your original major?  Why did you decide to change?

This was my original major.

3. What made you choose this major?

I had wanted to be a teacher since I was in the 5th grade.  I liked working with kids and giving them new things to think about.  However, I NEVER thought, while I was in college, that I would teach high school.  I pictured myself in a 1st grade classroom, or maybe as high as 4th grade.

4. What classes/topics did you enjoy studying the most while in college?

I liked the “how-to” classes for El. Ed., like “Art for Elementary School” and “Children’s Literature,” because they gave me good ideas I could use later.  I took French and Greek, which was fun because I really like language.  I had a fabulous biology teacher freshman year (which is why I took Biology as a concentration instead of English), and I also really enjoyed Embryology and Anatomy.  I also did an independent study in Victorian Culture, which was a lot of fun because I designed it myself and I was in England at the time, so I could see Victorian art and architecture right there.

5. What advice do you have for students looking to study your major?

Don’t go for the easy teacher!  My principle teacher in Education was famous for being tough, but I am a much better teacher because of her high standards.

Have a Plan B.  I didn’t see why I needed a concentration in any particular subject if I was going to teach in elementary school – but I got my first job (teaching science in grades 5-8 – notice – NOT 1st grade!), and  having a science background eventually got me into the high school level.

If you haven’t already, try out teaching to find out if you really like it.  Volunteer to help a teacher on your day off, work as a teacher’s aide in a summer program or at a dance studio, coach Little League, volunteer for Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, volunteer at a children’s museum over the summer.  Variety is good – you might find you have a favorite level or subject – and it might not be what you expect it to  be!

Thank you, Mrs. Scheiner, for taking the time to answer these questions!  Very interesting and informative!

Mrs. Scheiner is the current Spotlight Teacher on the Lowell Catholic website!  Read about it here!