Students can try their hand at reading college applications at case studies event on Wednesday, Feb. 10

(Photo used by permission of Bauman)
Seniors Nathan Chan, Manson Tung, Emma Brown and Max Schmitz discuss the four applicants at last year’s case studies event. Students have another opportunity to play college-application reader on Wednesday, Feb. 10 with guest speaker Jennifer Delahunty of Kenyon College.

While seniors slowly receive the results of their college admissions, juniors are just starting the process. They can get a leg up, though, by attending the case studies night on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

The event will be held in the Matthews Library at 7 p.m., and is open to both parents and students.

Attendees will work in small groups to evaluate fictional college applications and decide which students they would admit to a fictional college, according to college counselor Jane Bauman, who is organizing the event.

“(The event) makes you think,” she said. “It gives you a glimpse into the process the admissions office goes through when they evaluate applications.”

She added that each application would have pros and cons, forcing the participants to choose what they think is most important to the college process.

Bauman is pleased that Jennifer Delahunty, former director of admissions and current Western regional representative for Kenyon College (in Gambier, Ohio), is the guest speaker. 

“I think our speaker will be very engaging; she’s very knowledgeable and experienced,” Bauman said.

“I think it’s one of the best ways to become familiar with the college admissions process.”

Senior Zoë Bowlus, who attended last year’s case studies night, agreed that she found the event useful.

“I thought it was really interesting to approach college admissions from a different perspective,” she said.

Last year the speaker was the admissions representative from Pomona College, Alaina Dunn, who could not return for scheduling reasons.

Bowlus said that she and the other students in her group got into passionate debates regarding which students they wanted to admit.

The results of the event were what surprised Bowlus.

“(My group) was really surprised when (Dunn) said that none of those students would be admitted to Pomona,” she said. “That made me realize how tough the competition is.

“It’s a hands-on way to get your feet wet with the college experience.”

—By Mac Scott

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