Having been invited to interview only a few weeks earlier, I arrived in Denver feeling very anxious. This was my first in-person graduate school interview and I was feeling apprehensive about having to distinguish myself from the other applicants in a single day. I was staying with a friend close to campus and we walked over to Ruffatto Hall the evening before so I would know where to go the next morning. I was blown away by the beauty of the building and could imagine spending hours reading and writing papers in the many study nooks around the building. I went to bed early that night, hoping to get a good night’s sleep.
After a breakfast buffet and time to mingle with current and prospective students, the day’s program started. My two interviews were both scheduled for the afternoon, so I spent the morning learning about financial aid and inclusive excellence. My thoughts were preoccupied by the interviews and this made it difficult to focus on the presenters. During lunch, we were able to ask a panel of current students questions about the program. Hearing their firsthand perspectives was one of the most helpful parts of the day.
After lunch, I had some free time before my interviews. I found a beautiful porch on the fourth floor to review my notes and enjoy some vitamin D. After a long winter in North Dakota, the 50 degree weather and view of the mountains was welcome.
I had two half-hour interviews with two different faculty members and both asked the same questions, “Why do you want to be a school psychologist?” and, “Why do you want to attend DU?” The first gave me the opportunity to expand on my prior experiences that had led me to the field and to expand on my specific interests. To the second I was able to say unquestionably, “I want the best education I possibly can.” Both interviews turned out to be more of a comfortable dialog with faculty than the interrogation I was worried about.
The interview day finished with a reception with good food, wine, beer, and conversation with current students and faculty. The other prospective students shared feelings of relief that the day was finished. The head of the program gushed about her summers spent white water kayaking with her family. I left campus that evening feeling 100% sure DU was the school for me and with my fingers crossed that, come next fall, I would be able to experience the 300 annual days of sunshine, hike the beautiful mountains, and maybe even try out white water kayaking, while preparing for my dream career.
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Child, Family, and School Psychology
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