It turns out that despite the pressure on teenagers to figure out their life paths before college, they don’t always have to know exactly what they want to do in or after college. The UMich Engineering admissions director, Bryan, tells us that some of the most compelling candidates have a liberal arts or science background, but little engineering experience.
Exclusive Insider Interview: University Of Michigan, Director Of Admissions
SocratesPost: How do we encourage students at such a young age, 16 or 17, to figure out who they are and portray themselves in that way to college admissions committees?
It’s just one of those things where if you know what you want to do, go all in. Or if you don’t know, go all in as well. Just talk about what we can do for you and what you would take advantage of. Some of them may sound more like an LS&A [literature, sciences, and arts] student but you’re being completely honest and transparent to us. You want to go into engineering and see how it feels, but you have some liberal arts and sciences within you and that’s a compelling applicant in my eyes because it shows that they’re multifaceted.
SocratesPost: What is something most applicants get wrong when they apply to Michigan Engineering? What do you wish they knew?
SocratesPost: Bryan, what can you tell Socrates Post about your experience with applicant essays?
SocratesPost: How does an applicant really stand out among the competition when everyone else is pretty close to perfect?