Sample Interview Reports

Sample Interview 1

I very much enjoyed my dialogue with this intelligent, understated and courteous gentleman- – his attitude was genuinely winning and engaging.

He is a student athlete and Captain of the – Swimming Team.  J- said that he would intend to swim for Bates.  He plays tennis as well, but his real athletic aspirations lie in swimming and he is devoted with great discipline to this demanding sport.

At –High School, J- participates in an International Baccalaureate Arts Program, which he feels gives him an international perspective that he values.  He said that he intends at this point to participate in a Junior Year Abroad Program as an extension of this macro-view.  J- plans to engage in a pre-med program at college and then pursue a graduate degree in dentistry.

He had applied to B– for early decision and also to B-, T-, and M- under regular entry applications.  His SATs top 1300, I understand.  He spent summer vacations with his family on the Maine Coast.  He strikes me as a welcome addition to the Bates Community, as I feel that he would be active in the College.  J- reminds me quite a bit of my former roommate at Bates – – a bright, understated, friendly but disciplined and quietly driven athlete.

Sample Interview 2

E — felt very comfortable in her own skin. Oddly enough, she is primarily looking at schools out west. Bates and —- are the only schools back east she is thinking about. She seems to have made the most of her time at her school. She did become frustrated with wealth and elitism and wanted a change of environment for a time. However, she found approaches to make her experience better. She plays volleyball, is one of two co-captains and is looking to play at the collegiate level. She is an outspoken leader that has a positive influence on teammates.

E– spoke in a very articulate and convincing fashion and her answers provided plenty of depth and insight. She is passionate about environmental science and is involved with it at various levels in her high school. E– was very well informed about Bates. She also has a strong interest in social justice and has done quite a bit of volunteering. She is the type of student that would be an ally for multicultural students on campus.

E– had a great experience doing a Mountain Semester last year and was involved in a variety of outdoor activities. She matured a lot from the experience and became a different person. She would make an excellent fit for Bates, but seemed really interested in trying something new by heading out west.

Sample Interview 3

M-is great! Laid-back and very bright, but by no means showy.

He speaks like a wise professor – very carefully and is deliberate with his word choice. His interview was a bit slow to start, as he is so thoughtful and seemingly bright, yet as things got rolling, he was very open and eager to learn more about Bates. His excitement for Bates seemed to grow through our 50 minute conversation.

M– loves trees. He’s grown up studying them alongside his father and was quickly enamored. His father is in the lumber/ restoration field (this wasn’t quite clear), but this has enabled M– to get out into the field with his dad in MA, NH and VT. He really appreciates the variety of trees and their beautiful make-up. He said he is also particularly interested in a place like Maine and its tree history. For example, the fact that it was all clear-cut and has since re-grown. Interesting, something I didn’t know.

M–’s love/ understanding of trees, the natural world and environmental studies blossomed/ strengthened last year at the Mountain School. He studied, through much field work, the environment of VT and fell in love with experiential learning and such a vivid opportunity.

All in all, M– was great! I think he’ll work hard, will be an excellent friend to many, will be focused yet exploratory in his learning, and is a natural fit. He’s also very intrigued by Lewiston and the Harward Center.

A memorable conversation and young man! Seems like a real standout student at his high school. Recruit!

Sample Interview 4

L- and I met at Starbucks on Saturday, October 7th.

She’s a nice enough person, but didn’t stand out in my mind in any particular way, and she didn’t have a lot to say about herself or anything in general.  It was one of those interviews that you struggle to get her to expand beyond any basics, so unfortunately we spent only about a half hour as part of the interview.

She’s looking mainly at New England colleges, including Bates, H–, C–, B–, C–, and U–.  There’s a family history with H—and B—(brother is a junior at B–) but really likes Bates, and is planning on applying ED.  I tried to get a sense of Why Bates, and she didn’t really have a lot more to say other than, “it’s a great school,” “I liked the campus,” and “I know Sam” (Who I personally interviewed and really enjoyed talking to.)

Her coursework looks decent, with AP Spanish, Modern Japan, Holocaust, Physics, Calculus, and Modern English as her current workload.  I couldn’t get the sense of the type of grader and workload she’s taken at LHS.  Spanish is her favorite course, and she liked learning about different cultures.  L – has traveled to Mexico (once), and did have an exchange student from Spain, abut that’s about it.

L-’s extracurriculars include cross country and track (longer distances.)  She does want to continue in college, but she lost an opportunity to tell me more about achievements/accomplishments, particularly since the LHS XC and track teams are among the top programs in the area (all she said to me was that she was in the “top ten” on her team, which doesn’t tell me a lot.)  She’s been a camp counselor for a day program in the area, and did minor volunteering activities, but nothing really substantial that she wanted to elaborate on.

I’m not sure there’s a lot here to strongly recommend her to Bates.