Wednesday, July 8, 2009

College Q&A

I finally got the chance to ask all the questions about Brown to Dean Thompson. I also got to hear what my classmates had to ask. We talked about admission, PLME, majors, and classes.
What does it take to get into Brown?
- Demographics
- Athletics
- Ethnicity (mention, but not emphasize)
- Legacy (it helps if your parent is an alumni of the school sometimes.

Does Early Action help?
- It show commitment, but it is hard to tell whether it helps or not.

What are some examples of what works and what doesn't work?
- Don't make up stuff that you think will impress the college, be yourself and talk about what is interesting to you, what is real about you (does not have to be activities)

Are letters of recommendation important?
- Yes! If you want to add another letter you can send a supplementary letter (must state something diff. or special that no one else can say, does not have to be from a school teacher). Teachers that you have known for a long time should write your letter of recommendation.

Do people who get wait listed have a chance in getting into the school?
- no one from the wait list ever gets in.
These are the questions that I found to be the most interesting.

Today my group and I got to present our career project on Biotechnology. Other students presented theirs as well. The career that I found to be most interesting was the patent attorney because it combines the law career with science. We had a class discussion on whether companies should be able to put a patent on genes or not which was very interesting.

1 comment:

Charles Tillman Ramsey said...

Thanks for sharing Carla. Now you have heard firsthand the challenges in getting to Brown. Your task is now to work with Sue Kim, stay positive and listen to good advice.

For all of our students this is going to be the most exciting time in their life, but also the most challenging and frustrating. High School is coming to a close and branching out will become a way of life.

The other day I saw someone that I went to High School with. It was only the second time that I had seen her in thirty years. In high school we were the best of friends, but once high school ended we went our separate ways. This is the reality and each of you will be faced with the same situation.

Taking the time to listen to Dean Thompson will help you in the future with your college application process. Thanks for doing the question and answer post.

Enjoy the College Fair this afternoon.

Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
School Board Member
West Contra Costa
Unified School District