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4 Things Not to Say to a Boarding School Admission Counselor

When visiting a school, the things you say and how you say them leave a big impression on the admission counselors you speak to. What you tell them could have an impact on whether or not you receive an acceptance letter to the school so it’s important to be mindful of what you say. 


1)    "I don't have any questions." – You should always have at least one question to ask because it shows that you have done some research.  Don't ask a question that has already been answered during the tour or interview—it shows you weren’t paying attention. It is okay to ask for clarification on things. 

2)    "Yes," "No," "Good," "Bad," and all other one-word answers.  Show your mastery of the English language and be descriptive! 

3)    "I don't want to come to this school." – Sometimes the idea for attending boarding school is coming from Mom and/or Dad, not you. Or you may be looking at five different schools but have your heart set on one. However, no matter your feelings on the school you should always put your best foot forward in the interview process. Remember you are competing against kids who really do want to attend the boarding school where you are interviewing. If you change your mind later and decide you really want to do this, you don't want a negative interview to have ruined your chances of admission.

4)    "I don't know". When an admission counselor asks you a question, think about the response before you reply. “I don't know” should only be an answer if the question is ”What is the square root of 8,975?” (Just kidding, we won't really ask you that.) But if a counselor asks what your favorite subject is or how you feel about attending boarding school, we know you have a better answer to give than "I don't know." Give your answers thought. Every answer matters during an interview.