thebritishhufflepuff  asked:

I was wondering how muggle-born students get the diagon ally for the first time. Any thoughts? -Kahlen (Hufflepuff)

I’m a little disappointed we never got any real explanation on this, but I see it as going one of two ways…


When you receive your letter, you’re prompted to reply with any questions. Most parents of 11 year olds that are going to be sending their kids somewhere (summer camp, visiting family alone, boarding schools, etc) are going to want to be in communication with the people in charge of wherever their kid is going. SO I imagine, most parents would write back with a million parent-y questions, including “hey what’s the school’s address so I can tour the campus/drop my kid off” to which McGonagall (in Harry’s day) would reply explaining some of the details about the protection of the school, its vicinity, how the kid will get to school and how the parent can continue to stay in communication with the school and the kid while they’re there. 

Thus they learn there’s a wall that they have to pass through (assuming muggles can get on the platform if they know how? so parents can see the train and make sure their kiddo gets on it okay. I’m blanking right now on if we see Hermione’s parents there)

…of course in the case of Hermione, she was probably writing to McGonagall more than her parents did and probably was told of Hogwarts, A History so she could fill herself in on everything she could possibly need to know, because otherwise McGonagall would have ended up quoting the entire book’s contents across thousands of letters…Also because McGonagall is all about gifting students with the things they need to grow into the people she can see they could become.


Good luck kiddo! You’re on your own. You have a train ticket. This is your first test. If you can’t figure out how to get on the platform (by wandering around until you find some wizards and follow them) then maybe you’re just not magical enough for this shiz.

It would be a hella messed up thing to do, but Dumbledore doesn’t really make the best decisions for growing children.

But since it seems McGonagall handles the admissions process, its probably the first one.

-Jamie (Gryffindor)

So based on Tom Riddle, who was raised as a muggle (ignoring Harry because the Dursleys knew about magic but were jerks), I think a teacher (probably McGonagall) goes to deliver the Hogwarts letters to muggle borns personally and explains everything to them. I read somewhere that they may set up a temporary connection to the Floo network so that muggles can get to Diagon Alley, and they probably include more information on the letters (like, THESE ARE THE SHOPS U SHOULD VISIT). And I’m sure the shop keepers are happy to help the overwhelmed parents and baby witches and wizards.

Of course, I absolutely have the headcanon now that McGonagall was the one to set everything up for Hermione. When Hermione took the Floo network to the Leaky Cauldron for the first time, kindly Tom explained how to get to Gringotts and what shops would be best for the items on the list (and telling them to stop by Florean’s Ice Cream Shop afterwards). Hermione of course drags her parents to every shop there and wants to buy half the book store. Once she gets home, she devours her text books and sends letters by muggle post (we know she doesn’t have an owl first year) to Professor McGonagall with hundreds of questions which McGonagall patiently, though exasperatedly, answers.

-Amy (Hufflepuff)

The SAT was created by a noted racist and anti-immigrant activist who had previously written difficult, biased exams intended to prevent immigrants from becoming citizens. Happy test day!!


Yo peeps, so as you can probably tell, I’m about to blow your mind. You might want to sit down, grab some water, you know, keep yourself hydrated. Maybe do a few stretches.

Now that you’re all ready, let’s begin! A girl who wrote about hotdogs and Costco got into Stanford and most Ivy League Schools, a student who wrote about his love for food got into Stanford, while Cornell’s admissions officer’s favorite essays were about lint and failing the driver’s test four times. Observing a pattern here? All these people chose kind of silly topics to write about. You might be wondering, “Yo,why would I want to sound stupid in front of the admissions officer, this doesn’t make sense!” . Well, that’s a valid argument. Now read this excerpt from one of the essays I mentioned above.

“While enjoying an obligatory hot dog, I did not find myself thinking about the ‘all beef’ goodness that Costco boasted. I instead considered finitudes and infinitudes, unimagined uses for tubs of sour cream, the projectile motion of said tub when launched from an eighty foot shelf or maybe when pushed from a speedy cart by a scrawny seventeen year old. I contemplated the philosophical: If there exists a thirty-­three ounce jar of Nutella, do we really have free will? I experienced a harsh physics lesson while observing a shopper who had no evident familiarity of inertia’s workings. With a cart filled to overflowing, she made her way towards the sloped exit, continuing to push and push while steadily losing control until the cart escaped her and went crashing into a concrete column, 52” plasma screen TV and all. Purchasing the yuletide hickory smoked ham inevitably led to a conversation between my father and me about Andrew Jackson’s controversiality"

Yes, yes, she’s literally talking about hot dogs and Costco. Now don’t underestimate her, this girl got accepted to 5 Ivy League Schools and Stanford. Jeez, that’s impressive. So now, you might be thinking , “Okay, enough of this, just get to the juicy part, give us the magic potion!” . Luckily enough for you, I’m getting to the point.

If you want to write an essay that slays everyone else’s like Beyoncé, first you gotta be true to yourself. You’re 17 or 18, you don’t want to end poverty or save the world. Maybe you enjoy pepperoni pizza, maybe you love watching horror films, maybe you love shopping at Macy’s, whatever it is, write about it.

The key is to choose a seemingly silly topic and present it in an intellectual light. Your ability to turn something silly into something genius will impress them and make you more memorable. In order to do that, you need to have a lot of knowledge about the topic you chose, which is why you need to be true to yourself. But then again, don’t write a pointless essay, don’t tell the officers that you can stuff 20 cheese balls in your mouth. Although I think it’s impressive, the admissions officer will beg to differ.

So there’s the secret formula to write a winning essay. Best of luck and I hope you get into your dream school!

Diyanshu Emandi

anonymous asked:

Is transferring from a 4 year uni to another a thing? Like people are known for transferring from a CC but I already go to a 4yr and want to transfer to another 4 yr to be closer to home. I was just wondering if people do that or are able to.

Yes, absolutely! Many people transfer from one university to another to be closer to home, save money, change academic paths, or simply because the first school was not a good fit. Speak to your academic advisor and to the admissions office at the school to which you want to transfer. The most important thing is making sure your credits transfer with you.

anonymous asked:

Do you have room for a Serial Killer (vigilante archetype)

Well, a serial killer is a very broad term and I’m not entirely sure what the actual “class” of a vigilante would consist of, as to me it is more of a concept than a class, but if you check out our Admissions page and think your character is suitable, definitely message either myself (the Greensword) or the Wyrmdrake.

anonymous asked:

Hi, I was just wondering what Cambridge looks for to set people apart from the rest? I have heard that they don't care about extracurriculars or Duke of Edinburgh, so do they tend to look at personality and grades or something else?

Interview, interview, interview! 

From what we’ve observed, Cam is essentially looking for a few things. First, and most importantly, you’ve got to meet the grades. They’re not massively flexible (unless you’ve got valid extenuating circumstances, in which case they will bend a bit). They then look for demonstrated interest in the subject that you’re applying for. That’s where extracurriculars come in – if you’ve done stuff that’s related to your subject, you could totally bring it in in your personal statement, and it’d help show that you’re really interested in it. If you haven’t done extracurriculars related to it, no big, do some extra reading instead.

Then, it’s the interview. The interview’s where they really get to see you as you, vs just a person on paper. They’ll be looking at how well you perform in a situation that is essentially a lot like the supervision system – they want people who will thrive in the unique Oxbridge environment (check out what we’ve written here about the quirkiness of the system).

I think personality does play a bit of a role, because you get interviewed by your future DoS. And like, any DoS is going to automatically think (regardless of whether they’re conscious of it or not) whether or not you’re someone who they would like to teach. So while it’s definitely not the key thing, it does factor in slightly.

Shout Out to All the Premeds...

Who had their dreams come true today! Congratulations! 

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 Who are still anxiously awaiting admissions news: 

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 Who received waitlist emails (don’t give up! Keep those grades up! Send updates to the schools): 

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 Who received rejection letters: 

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And most importantly:

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Regardless of the outcomes of October 15th, I think you should all be hella proud of conquering the nearly year-long process (read: 7th circle of hell) that is AMCAS. Jumping through all those hoops requires a great deal of sheer determination and a strong work ethic, so:

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College Interview Tips!

I just finished a couple of college interviews, so I wanted to share my tips with you so that you can have the best chance possible to present yourself well in your interviews!


For Girls:

  • Dress modestly and professionally. The dress code is business casual. Try to dress in either a collared shirt/sweater and skirt, a dress with a cardigan, or a collared shirt/sweater and slacks. Try to keep the outfit relatively monotone or toned down– you want to make sure the focus is on you, not on your clothes!
  • Try to make sure that you aren’t wearing anything too tight or too revealing. Once again, you want to make sure that you look professional, and you want to focus to be on what you’re saying!
  • Dress comfortably! If you are comfortable, chances are you will be confident. If you are uncomfortable, it’s really hard to focus on the task at hand.
  • Keep your makeup simple. Once again, professionalism is the name of the game. For my interviews, I wore simple face makeup with a little bit of a smokey eye, and I felt that worked well for me!
  • For shoes, I would highly recommend wearing flats. Once again, you want to be comfortable, and for a lot of us girls high heels aren’t very comfortable. If you want to wear heels, keep them low.

For Guys:

  • I would recommend wearing a collared shirt with either slacks or a nice pair of khakis. Make sure you shirt and pants are crisp and well-ironed. A suit will usually be overkill. Throw on a sweater too, if you are interviewing in the winter.
  • If you have a pair, wear brown or black leather shoes, and make sure they are very clean and shiny! Definitely no flip-flops or sneakers.

For Both:

  • Don’t change how you dress to dress like what you think the college wants! They want to know you and to see your individuality. Dress in a respectful way, but don’t forget to show your own style! 

Interview Content

  • You MUST know why you want to attend the college that you are interviewing for. If you don’t prepare any other answers, prepare an answer to this question. Without fail, almost every interviewer will ask you why you want to attend the college. Know both tangible and non tangible reasons. I would always start out talking about location, academics, extracurriculars, but then I would move on to community, unity, pride, and history. KNOW YOUR ANSWER TO THIS.
  • In many interviews you will be asked why you want to pursue the major that you have indicated. Make sure you have an answer to this question as well.

  • Explain what you do outside of school.

  • Explain what activities you wish to pursue in college.

  • Be able to explain your strengths and weaknesses. 

  • Talk about a favorite book that you’ve read in school or on your own.

  • What will you bring to the college/Why do you think you are a good fit for the school?

  • Be candid and be completely honest! They aren’t trying to trick you into a wrong answer– They really do just want to know more about you! Emphasize your good points and try to avoid bad points. Be positive!

Other Advice

  • Allow yourself at least 15 minutes of time. For one of my interviews I didn’t give myself enough time and ended up spending 20 minutes trying to find a parking spot. First impressions are extremely important!! Be on time. You don’t want to stress yourself out by being late.
  • Have a firm handshake. Look your interviewer in the eye. Be an active listener. Nod and give verbal confirmation that you understand what they are saying to you.
  • If you can, bring a copy of your transcript and resume. If they ask to see it, you want to be prepared.
  • Prepare a list of 3-4 questions you can ask the interviewer. They will always ask if you have any questions, and you want to make sure you can show them that you are curious!
  • If you are doing a Skype interview, like I did, go through a test run the night before. Unfortunately, sometimes this can’t get ride of all problems. For my interview, my Mac Skype wasn’t compatible with my interviewer’s Windows Skype, so we had to do an audio interview without the video.
  • Be flexible. Things are going to go wrong, but it’s going to be okay! If you stay calm and focused, you will be fine! Go with the flow. Interviews are a wonderful opportunity to showcase yourself and learn more about the college you are interested in. Don’t worry too much! They really are quite fun!