Interview 38: Tara Kalinisan on “College Fairs, Info Sessions, Interviews and what admission counselors do”


Mark interviews one of his former students, Tara Kalinisan, the Assistant Director of Admissions at Smith College.
Tara shares her background of how she got involved in admissions. What are the do’s and don’ts for a student at a college information session?

Tara Kalinisan
Tara gives us tips on what to do to stand out a college fair. She shares the questions that she does not believe students should ask, as well as the kind of questions she does like at fairs. Next we discuss admission interviews on the road and Tara gives her thoughts on whether a student should interview. Tara talks about how to prepare for an interview and she talks about what colleges are looking for in interviews. Tara talks about whether students should brag in an interview. Tara then spends about forty minutes walking us through the four seasons for the admissions officer, letting us know what they do month by month. (Length 1:22:53)

You can also listen on Episode 86, Episode 87, Episode 88 and Episode 89

  • Hello. I am a mom in Greenwood Village, CO. Thank you for doing these awesome podcasts! In this interview with Kara Kalinisan, Mark mentioned about adding a list of items to include in the labels for the college fairs in the show notes. Would you please let me know where I can find them? Thank you.