improve my grades. My junior year of high school I formed a peer tutoring program. Though I don’t tutor in math, I’m happy to peer tutor for biology and spanish.” Who is your role model? Some students may find this question challenging to answer in a way that sounds authentic. So I’d encourage you to consider your response beforehand. Ideally, a role model is someone who is not a family member. We all look up to our parents as role models, but the interviewer wants to get a glimpse at your willingness to learn from other people’s experiences. I’ll be perfectly honestly, this is a question I struggled with. I never considered it until I was asked during an interview. I initially responded “My mother” and they asked for someone else. I couldn’t think of anyone and asked if I could come back to the question. I want each of you to have a better experience. It’s not enough to pick a role model, you must be prepared to tell a story of their significance to you. Is there an individual whose career is similar to your aspirations? Did they write a book or participate in a project that moved you? Do you have something in common with them? Have they introduced you to a cause you're passionate about? What is your favorite book or movie? As with any question, have a story that explains why. The story doesn’t have to be profound so long as it’s unique and meaningful to you. Is it a movie you’ve rewatched with a sibling and makes you laugh each time? Is it a book that helped you figure out what your career aspiration was? Is it a book that was a gift from a loved one? [email protected]
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What is an obstacle you’ve faced? How did you get through it? Your response to this question is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate any of your following skills: time management, leadership, communication, etc. A fictitious example:I injured myself during my sophomore year of high school. I ran on the cross country team and was devastated by the setback. Being active was always a part of my life and I felt I lost a part of myself. Though I had to pause athletics to ensure a complete recovery, I began volunteering as a youth soccer referee. Participating in athletics in that role allowed me to fill that void. I recovered before the next season but continued to volunteer as a referee. Take a moment and consider the wonderful image this story paints. From this story you can tell this individual balances academics, athletics, and community service. Additionally, continuing to stay on as a referee after they recovered demonstrates the individual finishes what they start. Describe a time someone disagreed with you? How did you resolve the disagreement? This question may be difficult to answer if you’re an amicable person and have understanding friends. It’s better to avoid sibling disagreements. If you’re having difficulty, group projects are a good way to start. Think, have you ever worked in a group or with a partner where you disagreed on how to communicate, how to organize material, or how to defend an argument?
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