From sunset to sunrise is a long time. These patrol shenanigans are bound to happen:
•Chicken fights begin on the roof tops of Gotham. Steph on Tim’s back, Cass on Jason’s, Damian on Dick’s, and Duke on Bab’s. When they’re feeling particularly daring(or bored) they have piggy back races from roof top to roof top. The fun evidently ends with someone nearly falls off a roof.
•Someone buys a cake(most likely Steph or Jason) and all eight bat kids find a spot on a secluded roof to wolf down the mammoth of a chocolate cake. Back at the manor, they nearly pass Alfred’s attentive eye till he catches an icing smear across Stephs gloves. Steph is now on a temporary suspension from the cake eating club.
•Girls vs boys dance competitions. The score gets real tough to judge when Dick and Barbara get real into it. We’re talking epic sprinkler and moon walks. Jason nearly fell off the roof he laughed so hard.
•With what each of the bat kids has been through, it’s rare any of them can scare one another, but that doesn’t persuade them from trying. A jump scare or a deranged mask usually gets a laugh. Each kid has tried new and clever ways to get a scream out of one another. No trick has worked till one night someone(no one has stepped up) scared Damian so bad, you could have heard his scream from across the block. It’s safe to say non of the kids have and will ever let him live that one down.
•It’s not a secret that Bruce keeps a close eye on all the kids durning the night, so it has became a well kept secret amongst the bat kids of how to sneak junk food into patrol. The heist mostly consists of two groups, one to distract Bruce and the other to run into a local convenient store and buy a full bag of sugary sweets. Gummies or anything high in sugar was banned from the Wayne house after Tim and Duke went on a sugar high and sang A Whole New World as they swung through the streets.
•Hand stand contests begin on the edge of rooftops during snack brake. Dick always wins. Tim is the first to go down, usually because Jason or Damian knocks his balance off.
•Speaking of snack brake… The kids regularly drop by Micky D’s by taking a walk through the drive threw, where they always get free food.
•And still speaking of snack brake… Slushies on the clock tower is a regular tradition. The bat kids come together as a collective and walk into the nearest gas station to load up on two slushies each(cause, you know, where does one get the energy to run over roof tops and fight bad guys?). But they were caught and banned by Bruce from all gas stations when the security footage was aired on national news tv.
•Jason found two abandoned water guns on the river bank. He than proceeded to spray every member of the bat family(except Selina) with the putrid river water. It didn’t end well for him when he got Babs in the eye. Let’s just say he’ll be feeling it in his nads for a couple of weeks.
•It’s kinda a known secret that the police HQ roof is a hot spot for “bat family sightings.” An Instagram fan page was made by an
anonymous Gothamite, which started an “unofficial competition” amongst the bat kids of who could be featured the most on the page.
•Steph created a snapchat account called the Night Birds. With her smart phone she followed each member of the bat family around, capturing spotlight moments. Some of these moments were of Jason making sarcastic kissing gestures that were directed at Dick; Damian slipping on a rain slick roof and loudly cussing in Arabic as he lands on his butt; Dick doing a perfect pirouette with Cassie(both in their uniforms on top of the clock tower); Dick, Duke, and Tim singing and jigging out to Beyonce’s Single Ladies that Dick had turned up on full volume on his phone on top the police station(an amused Gordon and an unimpressed Batman stand in the background); and Tim and Jason having an overly dramatic sword fight with two katanas they stole from Damian(the next video is of a Red Hood and a Red Robin laughing hysterically as they run from a raging Robin).
For the most part, the regular decision deadlines have passed. Now, it’s time to think about the final aspect of your application: the alumni or current student interview.
A lot of the very selective and ‘elite’ schools use alumni interviews as part of their application review process but alumni interviews are not only limited to the Ivy League and schools like Stanford, MIT, UChicago etc. There’s somewhat of a myth floating around that alumni interviews aren’t worth much and don’t help your application. That is not true. A former Harvard interviewer helped me prep for my interviews and he said that interviews are actually an important part of the application process. Yes, it is a way to keep alumni connected to their alma mater but interviews help determine fit and personality and can do a lot in terms of admit or deny. An excellent interview can very well be the thing that puts your application in the admit pile and a horrible interview can have a detrimental effect on your application. Well, you might be thinking ‘If the interview can hurt my application, why would I want one?’ The interview will only hurt your application if you don’t prep for it, and that doesn’t mean hiring an overpriced coach but doing your research and coming prepared. So without further ado, here’s how to have a stellar college interview:
1) IF THE INTERVIEW IS OPTIONAL, TAKE IT ANYWAY
Most schools do alumni interviews by invitation only so in that case, if you’re offered an interview, you’re pretty much obliged to take it. However, if you’re applying to a school like UChicago that does optional interviews, take it. When the interview is optional, having vs. not having one is a good way to measure interest in the school. If you really want to get in, you’ll do everything possible to show the admissions office why the should accept you. The interview is one way to do that. Again, interviews asses fit and personality and it adds another dimension to your application; it shows that you’re human, more so than your essays and a ton more than your transcript and test scores.
2) PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE
This means actually spending time going over possible questions and coming up with ideas. Going to an interview unprepared is the worst thing you can possibly do unless you are 1000% sure you can wing it successfully.
Take the time at least a week before the interview and gather a list of possible questions. Go on google and look up possible college interview questions. Set up a google doc and paste as many as you can until you start seeing duplicates. It will look scary at first because there can be upwards of 30 questions but fear not, it’s much easier than it seems.
Once you’ve compiled a list of possible questions, start preparing answers for them. This doesn’t mean having a detailed response for each one and memorizing it. That looks super fake and no one will take you seriously. Instead, look over the questions and see which ones kind of overlap and break them up into groups. After you’ve done that, find an anecdote or story from your life that can help answer those questions. For example, if you have community service or volunteering questions, tie it in to that story you have about the organization you volunteer at. People remember stories, not vague statements and you’ll be helping your interviewer out by giving them a funny or interesting story to write about in their evaluation. Who’s your interviewer more likely to remember and write a favorable review, that one kid who listed all their accomplishments and sounded fake or you who told them a funny story about your first debate tournament and how you got over your fear of public speaking. You’ll sound down to earth, relatable, and friendly which is what you want to go for.
An important question is the ‘Why School X’ question. This is an important one and you need to be prepared. Have some concrete reasons why and show your interest. Be dedicated and passionate and it will show.
Anecdotes will also help you prepare for unusual questions that you might not expect such as the one I got for UChicago: “If you were a desert, what desert would you be?”. Use the anecdote to shape your answer to the question.
Have a list of questions to ask your interviewer about the school. These should be more than just basic, found on the school’s website, I didn’t do my research questions. Ask questions you can’t find online and that only someone who went to the school could tell you.
After you’ve got your anecdotes and stories done, have your parents, siblings, friends, or teachers ask you mock interview questions and see how you do. Remember, the goal is not to have everything memorized but to have a bank of stories you can draw on to inspire your responses.
3) COMMUNICATION IS KEY
A small but trivial part of the interview process is how you communicate with your interviewer before and after the interview.
Before: Respond politely to the initial interview offer but show your enthusiasm for the school. You might even give a little background about yourself to the interviewer so they’ll know a little bit about you before the actual thing. Set a date, time, and place, and stick with it. Don’t reschedule unless it’s an emergency. It looks like your not serious and unprepared if you switch the date two days before the interview. If you need clarifications about anything, don’t be afraid to ask.
After: Hopefully you had a great interview but even if you didn’t, send the interviewer a thank you card or email that thanks them for spending time with you and telling you more about the school. It would be good if you could indicate a specific thing you talked about with the interviewer because it will remind them as well and give them something to write about on the evaluation. Remember, any interview is a good interview as long as you did your part correctly. Sometimes the interviewer doesn’t click with the interviewee and that’s fine. As long as you were polite and talked about yourself, it shouldn’t negatively affect you. EDIT: Here’s a post about writing the thank you email.
Mentality is a big one because it dictates your behavior during the interview. You don’t want to go in scared or hesitant because the interviewer can sense it and it might not be favorable. It’s ok to be a bit nervous but not overly so, or at least if you are, don’t show it. Think about it this way, if the interviewer had to pick only one of the people he or she interviewed to get in to the school, they would pick you. Go in with that mentality and you’ll own the interview. You have to be certain of the above statement when leaving the interview.
5) THE ACTUAL INTERVIEW
Some points about the interview itself. The goal of the interview is an informal way for you to learn more about the school and for the school to learn more about you.
Dress appropriately. This means business casual. No tennis shoes, any jeans that aren’t black, no over the top make up, no too short skirts/dresses, no super tall heels etc. But at the same time, don’t be overly formal. No tuxedos, gowns, or other extravagant clothing. A skirt with a nice shirt and flats/heels would work for girls and dress pants with a button up shirt would work for guys.
Be punctual: A good rule of thumb is to plan to arrive 15 minutes before the interview starts. This will give you a buffer so if you get lost, there’s traffic or an accident, or something else happens, you’ll still have sufficient time to get there and not be late. I would also suggest to scout out the interview location before the interview. See where it is and how long it will take you to get there so you aren’t scrambling on the day of. If you really are late, send your interviewer an email or text to let them know.
Bring a resume: Some interviewers are prohibited by the college from looking at resumes but bring one anyway. It will help remind you of your talking points and if the interviewer does look at resumes, it will make it easier for them to ask questions and it will help them write the review after the interview.
Make eye contact and don’t fidget too much: Get rid of your nerves and jitters and be calm and prepared.
If you don’t know how to answer a question, don’t panic: Take a few seconds and use an anecdote. Once you start telling the story, it will give you time to think and answer the question properly. It’s ok if you miss a question or two because the interviewer will be expecting it and you’re human after all. Just don’t miss all of them.
If you’re asked an opinion question, try not to be offensive or overly opinionated: You don’t know your interviewer’s views on certain situations and you don’t want to accidentally offend them. Be polite and express your opinions without acting superior or trying to impose your opinions on them. Don’t make up stuff if you have no idea what they’re talking about. It could backfire on you.
Don’t live inside your head. Don’t spend too much time thinking and stare off into space. Articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner.
Don’t try to be someone you’re not.
Don’t zone off, no matter how boring your interviewer is.
It’s not recommended to bring a notebook to the interview to take notes. Remember, it’s informal.
Don’t worry about the length of the interview.
Turn off your cell phone.
If the interviewer offers to buy you a drink or snack, don’t say no but don’t go extravagant. Get something small and something that won’t make a mess.
Don’t put on too much perfume or cologne.
With that being said, don’t worry too much. You’ll do great! Go and ace that college interview! My ask is open if you have any questions.
I am haunted by the dead. I have seen my brothers, husband and sons fight for the crown of a divided kingdom. I have known no peace in my lifetime, I have only known heartbreak and mistrust. Now, my dearest granddaughter has been sacrificed to the welsh dragon that has plagued my family for so long. So forgive me, my Lord, if I do not rejoice in the union of my kin to the Lancastrians. I have fought for so long with the white rose at my breast, I am weary from years of loss and disappointment.
Heather Duke may of been a petty little so and so but so am I
HEATHER FUCKING DUKE
WAS THE NICEST FUCKING HEATHER.
OKAY PUT ASIDE MUSICAL DUKE, THE MUSICAL GIVES SUCH LITTLE ATTENTION TO HER CHARACTER IT’S A TRAGEDY.
BUT IN THE MOVIE.
DUKE IN THE MOVIE WAS QUIET AND, WHILE STILL BITCHY (CAUSE OFC SHE IS SHE’S A HEATHER) EASILY THE LEAST BITCHY OF THE THREE. SHE SUFFERS FROM BULIMIA AND HER FRIENDS NOT ONLY DON’T CARE, BUT CONTINUALLY MAKE FUN OF HER FOR IT, AND SHE WITHDRAWS INTO BOOKS.
CHANDLER AND MAC CONSTANTLY PUT HER DOWN AND BULLY HER, AND THEN FINALLY CHANDLER, WHO IS HER ABUSER, DIES. DUKE IS FREE. SHE STARTS EATING, YOU SEE HER JUST CHILLING AND ENJOYING LIFE. SHE ISN’T BEING BULLIED ANYMORE LIFE IS GREAT. BUT THEN FUCKING EDGELORD MC TRENCHCOAT PULLS UP WITH THE PICTURES OF MARTHA. HER CHILDHOOD FRIEND WHO IS NOW THE SCHOOL’S LAUGHING STOCK. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IF HE TELLS EVERYONE SHE’S FRIENDS WITH MARTHA? SHE’LL NOT ONLY BE BULLIED BY MAC AGAIN. SHE’LL BE BULLIED BY THE ENTIRE SCHOOL. SHE IS NOT GONNA FUCKING GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN. SO SHE PLAYS THE ROLL OF TOP HEATHER FOR A GOOD TWO SECONDS.
AND YA, SHE MAKES FUN OF MAC. SHE WHAT, TELLS PEOPLE SHE CALLED THE RADIO SHOW AND MADE A FOOL OF HERSELF?? OKAY COOL. MAC MADE FUN OF HER AND HER ILLNESS CONSTANTLY. MAC’S MENTAL STATE IS BAD ENOUGH THAT THE SMALL BULLYING TIPS HER OVER THE EDGE. DUKE DID NOT CONTINUALLY HARASS AND ATTACK HER UNTIL SHE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE, MAC WAS ALREADY CONSIDERING IT THE NIGHT BEFORE. DOES THAT MAKE DUKE MAKING FUN OF HER OKAY?? NO. BUT IT’S JUST AS BAD AS MAC MAKING FUN OF HER THE ENTIRE FIRST HALF OF THE MOVIE.
THIS IS NOT THAT BAD AND HONESTLY MAC IS PROBABLY IMMEDIATELY FRIENDS WITH HER AGAIN AFTER THE MOVIE EVENTS.
BUT THEN THERE’S THE FUCKING MUSICAL??? THE WRITERS TAKE AWAY ALL KINDNESS SHE SHOWS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY, MAKING HER GRUMPY AND SHITTY FOR SOME REASON. THEY LITERALLY HAVE VERONICA SAY SHE HAS NO PERSONALITY? AND THEY MAKE HER CONSTANTLY BE RUDE TO VERONICA, WHILE VERONICA SHOWS INTEREST IN ALL THE OTHER HEATHERS BUT HER, DESPITE THE FACT THAT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MOVIE THEY’RE ARGUABLY THE CLOSEST OUT OF THE GROUP OF FOUR. THEY MAKE CHANDLER’S HARASSMENT OF HER EVEN WORSE, TAKING IT TO PHYSICAL LEVELS, WHILE PLAYING IT OFF AS EVEN BIGGER OF A JOKE THAN THE MOVIE. THEY HAVE VERONICA MAKE A FUCKING JOKE ABOUT HER BULIMIA?
AND THEN DUKE, HAVING BECOME THE “TOP BITCH” FOR, WHAT, A DAY? BECAUSE SHE’S AFRAID OF GETTING BELITTLED AND ABUSED AGAIN, LOSES EVERYTHING. HER FRIENDS, HER POWER, ALL OF IT. SHE CONTINUED TO BE FRIENDS WITH MAC AND CHANDLER DESPITE ALL THEIR HARASSMENT, YET THE WRITERS DECIDE AFTER ONE SMALL FIGHT MAC DISREGARDS HER COMPLETELY. SHE’S LEFT OUT OF THE BIG LOVING HAPPY CIRCLE OF FRIENDSHIP IN SEVENTEEN REPRISE. SHE GETS NOTHING AND SHE DOES NOT FUCKING DESERVE THIS I WILL SCREAM THIS TILL THE DIE I DIE