As an admissions counselor, one of my projects is to coordinate our alumni interviewing program to ensure that the interview process is as enjoyable and informative as possible. TAAP is comprised of alums, and current seniors, who are volunteering their time to get to know the amazing applicants to the class of 2019. The interview process is one of the many ways alumni stay connected to Tufts after graduation and I know that all of our amazing alumni volunteers greatly enjoy meeting prospective Jumbos.
Working with our alumni interviewers really means I have come full circle. As an alum (class of 2014!), I vividly remember my interview when I was applying to Tufts- I met my interviewer, who had graduated a year prior, in a Starbucks near my house. I remember being so nervous, as I obviously wanted to leave the best impression possible. As soon as we sat down, my mindset started to shift. Throughout the interview I kept thinking “this is who I want to be when I’m older”. She was incredibly nice, intelligent and most importantly, loved her college experience- as a 17 year old, that was all I could ask for! Fast forward over 4 years later, and I was able to conduct interviews of my own during the winter break of my senior year. I can honestly say that I had so much fun meeting the applicants and having the chance to learn about them, beyond the essays that they write as part of the application (for more advice on these, check out these blog posts). The experience made me very proud of my alma mater. A few things to remember about the interview (from the perspective of someone who has been both the interviewee and the interviewer):