Exclusive Insider Interview: Associate Director of Admission, Lynn University
SocratesPost: “Hey Freddy, can you tell us a bit about yourself?”
SocratesPost: “Lynn University is unique in so many ways. You guys have the 3 years bachelors program, which is very rare in this country. You have the iPad initiative and are test optional. What is something about Lynn University that applicants won’t find on the website?”
SocratesPost: “That’s great. Many universities are moving toward being test-optional, meaning they don’t require SAT or ACT scores. What’s your take on that?”
SocratesPost: “Definitely, so that leads me to my next question: what are the characteristic traits or accomplishments that impress you most amongst the prospective students?”
One of the aspects that we always see on applications is the cliché essays, telling us what they think we want to hear. But what we really want to hear is what the student is telling us about themselves. I think with such an ever changing market and just so many issues occurring today, some of the best character examples I can think of is when students write about when they have to come out to their families and that it wasn’t easy for them. Or I remember recently reviewing an application for a student and we had a chance to meet at her home state and I asked “Hey, what’s your biggest fear?” She told me “My parents getting deported, so that’s how I try to work as hard as I can and as fast as I can as long as so I can to truly set up the right future for me and my family.” Those are going to be the students that become difference makers.”
SocratesPost: “Interesting, it’s like you want the students who are the most genuine about who they are and the most open about their real struggles.”
SocratesPost: “You said earlier that you spend about 20 to 30 minutes reviewing each application.That is impressive because most of the time we hear about applications being read in about 2 to 3 minutes so students are being told “Get everything you can out on paper that someone can read within 3 minutes.” Can you walk me through that 20 to 30 minute process when you’re reading an application? What are you looking for and what does it look like?”
Here’s a sneak peek from the rest of our conversation with Freddy at Lynn University.
Continue to learn what exactly happens in his 30-minute application review process, what essays put him to sleep, and what he thinks most students don’t know about getting into college! →
SocratesPost: “How do students come to grab your attention on the essays?”
SocratesPost: “It seems like the sports one may be a bit overused, winning the game or experiencing some difficulties in class. What are some of the profiles or applications to you that are red flags in that you might think that they won’t succeed at Lynn University?”
SocratesPost: “What is an aspect of the college admissions process that students understand the least?”
SocratesPost: “What have you noticed about the changing landscape on college admissions?”
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