In all of your years working with students, what were some of the most unexpected admissions successes you witnessed?
The truth is that there really are very few surprises in college admissions when what the student offers matches what the institution's priorities or needs are. However, one year, I was working with eight or nine kids who had all applied to the same highly selective university in a restricted early admissions program. The surprise wasn't who was admitted or who wasn't; the surprise came during my conversation with the admissions officer who clearly had done his homework and knew each of the kid's applications in amazing detail. It reaffirmed for me that admissions officers do indeed make significant effort to know applicants in order to make the best decisions--no matter how difficult.