YCBK 219: How kindness can impact admission officers

In this week's episode you will hear

In the News (12:20) : In this week’s “In the news” segment, Mark and Dave discuss a April 4th, 2017 article, by Becky Sabky that appeared as an oped in the New York Times. At the time Sabky wrote this, she was a senior member of the admission staff at Dartmouth College. The article is entitled, “check this box if you are a good person”. Sabky recounts the letter of recommendation that she read in their 13 years at Dartmouth that had the most profound impact on her. The student was unanimously voted to be admitted. Dave and I deconstruct the op-ed, looking at what this student did to impact Sabky so much. We look at what students can learn and apply to their own lives. (Length 22 minutes)

This week’s question (34:55) Shauna from North Dakota has several questions related to when schools rescind acceptances for low grades.

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She also wants to know if students should cover themselves by applying to some EA schools and not withdrawing their applications to protect themselves. (Length 14 minutes)

This week’s interview (48:30) Our interview is with two MIT admission officers (Chris Peterson and Kellen Manning) who also have other roles at MIT. Chris aka Petey and Kellen provide great insights into “Understanding MIT” Part 2 of 2 : (1) Petey answers the question, “how important is the 9th grade in their evaluation”, (2) Petey reveals whether grades predict grades at MIT, (3) Petey talks about whether test scores predict grades at MIT. He explains what MIT’s research reveals on test scores, (4) Petey talks about other cognitive factors that impact grades at MIT, (5) Kellen answers a question, “what does MIT do to ensure positive mental health with its students?”, (6) Kellen answers the question one of our listeners sent in, “What is MIT’s personality”?,

Kellen Manning and Chris Peterson
(7) The guys answer the question, “what does MIT do well” and “what does MIT need to improve”?, (8) We close by putting the guys on the hot seat and they were ready for me. Our 25 minute discussion about MIT with Chris Peterson and Kellen Manning will serve as our College Spotlight (Length 12 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:00:34) Our recommended resource for episode 219 are the waitlist statistics that College Transitions/Data verse produce: https://www.collegetransitions.com/dataverse/waitlist-statistics

College Spotlight : (see interview)

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