by BACC Rag staff

BSGE Meets College

On May 22nd, 2008, BSGE held a college panel with representatives from 10 different colleges and universities.  The audience was comprised of 11th grade students while 12th grade students, already admitted to colleges, asked questions to the representatives about topics ranging from the application process to student life on campus.  The event was held from 1:00-3:00 PM in the cafeteria.  After the panel discussion was over, students had time to talk to the representatives individually.
The representatives from each school discussed what the schools emphasized as far as its admissions policies and which factors each found important.  Each school stressed the importance of grades, saying that they were looking for students who received 5, 6, and 7’s from IB schools.  In addition, schools stressed the importance of challenging yourself by taking difficult classes that are offered by your schools.  Many schools also discussed the importance of SAT scores with 1100 and 1200 (Math and Reading) being minimum recommended scores for consideration though some schools said they did not look at SAT scores at all.  Personal statements and after school activities were also discussed as being important factors.
One of the more interesting points brought up by one of the representatives was that more and more colleges will look up your Myspace and Facebook pages to see what kind of person you are.
Students in attendance had mostly positive but mixed reactions to the event.  When asked what he gained from attending the college panel, Junior Danny Alvarez said, “I now specifically know what to look for in colleges, what colleges look for, and what to improve.”  This was a common sentiment whereas Junior Adam Popper said, “I feel just as smart as I was yesterday.”  For some, this was a more humbling experience.  Junior Vincent Dillon said that what he got out of the event was “depression.”

By Mr. Lakhaney

TOK Teacher

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