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Interviews at Colby and at many other colleges are not to be stressed about. Believe me. The best way to prepare yourself is to do some practice interviews and make sure you speak clearly, and are confident. Interviews can only help you. Also, you'll be either speaking with an alumni or an admissions person. Their goal is to create an engaging conversation. Don't worry, they are always nice people since their goal is to attract you to their college. Make sure YOU lead that conversation. Also be prepared to answer questions like "what do you hate the most about yourself". Otherwise, interviews usually consist of classic questions : school, extra-curricular activities, passions, what you are looking for in a college like Colby etc. Do not hold anything back, this is also your time to "show off" and tell them everything about you that you want them to consider when you apply. This is not a test, and will not affect your application. It will only validate the fact that you are really interested in the college.
I am a Government and Global Studies major at Colby, so I think I can provide some insight. The GS program uses an interdisciplinary approach to create students who are well-rounded and prepared to examine issues from a variety of perspectives. This is my favorite part about the program because it allows you to think critically about an issue, even if most of your classes focus on culture or economics or politics. At the same time, the program provides many paths, or "concentrations" that allow students to focus on issues and areas they find most interesting. Students can focus on geographic areas and/or thematic concentrations like development or international relations. In all, it is a fantastic program filled with professors who expect students to think critically.
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Written by Danny Garin
At Colby, working hard is the norm and A's don't come easily in most subjects. Nevertheless, professors are accessible, helpful, brilliant in their fields, and truly caring, and the work is well worth the effort. Professors and students at Colby share a commitment to learning that stretches beyond grades and numbers. Professors want students to come out of a class with a rich understanding of the material, and students strive to learn all they can. Moreover, since Colby is a liberal arts college through and through, professors emphasize critical thought, writing skills, and speaking, regardless of the subject.
While the workload does vary with each department, every class offers unique challenges to help students acquire different skills. And, students find pleasure in sharing these skills with their peers. Professors encourage collaborative work, and Colby students lack an intra-competitive edge. Students at Colby work hard but remain inspired and motivated by the strong intellectual community fostered by a close relationship between students and professors.
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