You’d actually say that applying to 19 schools is ok?!?

By Maxine Seya

You’d actually say that applying to 19 schools is ok?

– Jeremy who wrote us in response to Issue 40

The subject line of our Issue 40 email was “How to apply to 19 colleges.” Why was that our subject line? Because our interviewee, Krishna, had applied to 19 colleges before accepting an offer from University of Southern California. In the issue, we discussed why and how he did that.

I love this question because it allows me to clarify what SocratesPost is and is not about.

The purpose of our interviews is not to endorse any school or any method of application. We don’t interview people to approve or disapprove of their journey.

We interview them so you can learn their story and decide what your own takeaways are. Everyone will have a different takeaway. If after reading Krishna’s interview, you believe that applying to 19 schools is the right move for you — great. But it’s because you’ve read his story and reflected, not because you believe SocratesPost told you to.

SocratesPost aims to teach you this. How to find your own direction by way of learning from others’ stories. How to ask good questions. How to find answers that resonate with you using a method you are proud of. This is why we spend so much time and effort sourcing interviews, brainstorming profound questions, and reporting our conversations to you.

As I interview and write, I am learning it too.

Colleges want to recruit students who can think critically in an age of information overload. Every medium and person is telling you something different. You must acquire information and learn with curiosity, ask how this new information fits with who you are, then decide for yourself what makes sense to you and what you want to question more.

Thanks to Jeremy for thinking critically, asking the question, and seeking clarity.

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Maxine Seya
Maxine Seya is a former investigative journalist, college consultant, and admissions interviewer. She studied at Peking University (Beijing, China) and Université Paul-Valéry (Montpellier, France) and investigated for CNN and Huffington Post before graduating from Northwestern University. She founded SocratesPost to share the human stories behind the admission gates and offer parents clarity as they help their teens with college.