CW is almost here!

And it seems so surreal. I'm interviewing again this year, as I did last year, and I'm pretty pumped. (Even if it makes me feel old...) Last year, three of my five interviewees ended up coming to Olin, and while I didn't meet any freshmen until this semester, it was fun to think that I at least knew three.

I haven't gotten my assignment for who I'm interviewing, or who my fellow interviewers are yet. I do know that I am interviewing this weekend, and possibly next. So, what should you expect?

During my first interview, when I was applying to Olin, I was quite intimidated by my later-physics prof. Zhenya. "Why would Vonnegut want to have dinner with you?" she asked me, more than terrifying with her steely Russian stare. Later, when she found out I got in, she told me how excited she was. She ended that with, "I am going to crush you with physics."

Needless to say, interviews can be scary.

I like to think that I am not an intimidating person- short, smiling, and spectacled- but I know that sometimes there are nerves all over the place for your interview. Here are my two cents, having been on both sides of the process:

Be yourself. Candidates Weekend is a time for you to find out how you and Olin fit together. You might be nervous, ready to puke even, but if you're yourself, we can see how you might work when you're not a bundle of crazy.

On a similar note: don't try to game the interview. If you try to incorporate how you overcame adversity into every question, it's just going to feel forced and awkward. This will not help you in the long run.

Ask questions. There's a student interviewer on your panel for a reason. If you aren't going to be happy with Olin, it's better to know ahead of time. If you are going to be happy with Olin, you might as well get a sense of where you'll be for the next 4 years.

Have fun! Candidaes Weekend has a lot more than the interview- see as much as you can, and enjoy it!

Good luck, everyone, and see you soon!


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