How can a student prepare themselves best for a college interview?
First of all, relax! An interview isn't an interrogation, but a conversation. This means the student has to play her or her part in the process. Prepare for your interview by learning all you can about the school and then developing genuine questions you'd like to discuss. Put some time into thinking about your strengths, your challenges, and why you believe the school is a match for you.
Be sure to dress appropriately (ties, jackets and high heels aren't necessary, but no flip flops or shorts). Have something to eat and drink beforehand so you're not distracted by gnawing hunger or thirst. Take a book you're currently reading along with you; it will come in handy if you have to wait and can also be a good ice-breaker to start conversation with the interviewer.
Most importantly, be yourself. Remember that you have a lot to offer and let all that you can bring to the school community shine through.
And, of course, don't forget to breathe.