Hello, prospective students (particularly seniors)! Application deadlines are on the horizon, and I just wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the optional interview. Although interviews are by no means required to complete an application, I always encourage potential students to sign up for one. An interview is an excellent opportunity for you to personally express why you want to attend Rice and it allows the admissions office to get to know you as a person. I am actually a part of the senior interviewer team this semester, which means that once a week (and sometimes on Saturdays) I have the pleasure of speaking with prospective students about who they are and why they believe Rice is a great fit for them.
I know that interviewing can be intimidating, but rest assured that the interviews are not meant to be scary! Think of it as a conversation, not an intense round of questions. When I applied early decision to Rice, I opted to interview and it was actually the interview that reaffirmed my interest in the university. It’s a bit creepy, but I still remember exactly who interviewed me and how we asked each other questions (he obviously inquired about my academic interests/passions and I was able to ask him all about why he chose Rice, what he planned to do post-graduation, and my department of interest). He made me feel confident in my decision to apply to Rice, which is exactly what I hope to do every time I interview a prospective student.