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If Students Were Honest In College Admissions Interview

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.
This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Ashoka chapter.

Edited By: Lavanya Goswami

Disclaimer: In no way does the usage of the word prospect imply comparing a college student cohort to an elite mafia. All interviews are fictional accounts (please do not CADI me).


Interviewer: Why apply here?

Prospect 1: Because the academic programs are fantastic?

Interviewer: That sounded like a question.

Prospect 1: It is a question. I don’t know how studying here is going to turn out. 

Interviewer: Did you not go through the testimonials and reviews linked on our website?

Prospect 1: On your website. There is zero chance of those being bias-free.

Interviewer: We have a respected reputation, and our alumni continue to forge new paths. Why would you not trust us?

Prospect 1: Exactly. Yet you ask me why I want to study here? In this respected institution with well-connected legacies?


Interviewer: Why should we consider you?

Prospect 1: Because I applied for admission – you are legally bound to do so.

Interviewer: Right. What can you do for the institution?

Prospect 1: All of it will depend on what the institution teaches me. You scratch my back, I scratch yours.

Interviewer: …


Interviewer: You were quite active in your school council. How has that experience become significant for you?

Prospect 1: Something about being pushed around by feral junior students during recess really marks up a person inside.

Interviewer: Feral?

Prospect 1: Completely. I saw two fight and rip off each others’ clothes right in front of the entire student body.


Interviewer: So why volunteer at old age homes?

Prospect 1: Why not?

Interviewer: There must be some sentimental reason – losing a loved one too soon, compassion, learning from their experiences, anything like that?

Prospect 1: I thought it would look good on my application.

Interviewer: If that’s the real reason, why stop here? Why not do something more?

Prospect 1: Like curing cancer?

Interviewer: … 


Interviewer: Tell me why you want to major in X subject.

Prospect 2: I’m drawing a blank right now. Can I get back to you on this?

Interviewer: Don’t be nervous. We’re having a conversation.

Prospect 2: I’m sorry, I just really am quite nervous right now.

Interviewer: Understandable. But you can surely talk about something you are very passionate about?

Prospect 2: Yeah… So, like, I was obsessed with chemistry after I realized that I could swirl around two transparent liquids in a test tube and the resultant mixture could turn red…

(Prospect 2 rambles on for 15 minutes. The poor interviewer cannot bear to stop them.)


Prospect 2: … And I think it’s cool how the lone pair of electrons switch positions regularly…

Interviewer (hurriedly): Yes, it seems very interesting. Any particular faculty you’re interested in?

Prospect 2: Faculty?

Interviewer: Yeah, your would-be professors.

Prospect 2: What do you mean by any? I’m a huge fan of them all! 


Prospect 2: … so that’s why I think Professor Xavier’s paper was smashing.

Interviewer: You know, she’d be glad to work with you if you do become one of our students.

Prospect 2: Really?

Interviewer: Yeah. You’re passionate about it as well.

Prospect 2 (eyes shining): I’d love that.


Interviewer: Anything else you’re excited about on campus?

Prospect 2: My parents will not be there. I can do whatever we want.

Interviewer: We do have rules.

Prospect 2: Do you though?


Interviewer: So, as I was saying…

Prospect 3 (cuts them off): Am I blinking enough? I think I am. 

Interviewer: Excuse me?

Prospect 3: Like, what’s the right amount of eye contact? My eyes are burning and I think I haven’t been blinking for quite a while.

Interviewer: Are you alright?

Prospect 3: I’m splendid. Shall we start talking about me?


Interviewer: So yeah, the housing conditions are great. However, they are under the purview of Student Life.

Prospect 3: Can we get mini fridges?

Interviewer: For what?

Prospect 3: … Chocolate.


Interviewer: You had interesting college major choices.

Prospect 3: Yeah, I don’t know what to do with my life.

Interviewer: Why are you even applying for college then?

Prospect 3(shrugs): Parental pressure.


Prospect 3: Ideally, I’d like to do the least amount of work as a student.

Interviewer: This is college. You’ll have to put in a minimum amount of effort to succeed in it. And if you like it, you won’t mind working so hard…

Prospect 3: I know. If I wanted to be a slave, I would have traveled back in time to the Roman Empire.

Interviewer: … You need to go to an education counselor.


The interviews are finally over. The interviewer needs a glass of whiskey, neat. They may even finish the entire bottle. They have another grueling round the next day.

Sthitee is a writer of the Her Campus Ashoka chapter's content team and an undergraduate student. She is a huge fan of coffee and loves talking about how awesome nature is. Bribing her with pictures of baby animals is very effective and she's always on the look out for book recommendations.