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Life as a Juniata Student Interviewer

Caroline Benfer
Caroline Benfer ’21

I interviewed with Terri Bollman-Dalansky for the student assistant admissions counselor position in the middle of the Summer over zoom in 2020. I had a nice shirt on and tried to find a relatively blank wall to set up my laptop in front of. I think in my head I had hoped that “normal life” would resume in time to get back on campus and meet perspective students.

After learning that the pandemic was far from over, I realized that being a student interviewer would look different compared to friends who had the job in previous years. When I found out that I had the Juniata Associate position I was still planning on spending my Fall semester at Raystown Field Station. Being remote from campus and with the limited number of prospective students coming to Juniata, myself and the two other student interviewers were not able to conduct any interviews during the Fall semester.

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Questions on the Quad with Claire: Why Juniata? | Student Vlog |

Juniata Admission
Juniata Admission

In her final vlog for the Fall 2020 semester, watch Claire Alfree ’22 ask Juniata students why they chose to come to Juniata College. Claire’s vlogs focus on asking current Juniata students and community members an array of trivia and questions on the Campus Quad.

How to get into Juniata College

Kat Swantak
Kat Swantak, Assistant Dean of Admission

Don’t you just love the fall? The foliage is colorful, the air is brisk, and the crippling stress of college application deadlines are all around us.

Well, maybe the third one isn’t so great given November is prime time for many Early Decision and Early Action deadlines for colleges across the country. Even Juniata’s Early Decision deadline is November 15. Don’t worry though, our first Early Action deadline is December 1, so you have plenty of time to apply afterward. 

With college application season in full swing, one question we consistently hear from prospective students in our admission office is:

“How do I get into Juniata?”

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Questions on the Quad: Admissions Edition with Claire | Student Vlog

Juniata Admission
Juniata Admission

Watch Claire Alfree ’22 and Assistant Dean of Admissions, Kat Swantak, test Juniata students to see how much they know about Juniata College’s admission process. Claire’s vlogs focus on asking current Juniata students and community members questions on The Quad.

 

Financial aid questions parents actually ask

Kat Swantak
Kat Swantak, Assistant Dean of Admission

The hard part is over! Your child was admitted to college. Now comes the “paying for it” part. We totally get it. Paying for college is a huge investment and one that should be taken with great care. There are all sorts of loans and grants and work study opportunities and a whole host of other kinds of financial aid. It’s hard to keep track of them all, let alone understand what each school’s financial aid award really means since they all look different.

Parents and families of admitted students ask a lot of questions about financial aid, as they should. It’s complicated, and I’d be skeptical if you told me that you didn’t find it confusing at least at some point in the whole process. There are the standard questions that families tend to ask, like these, and they’re good ones. I mean, we wouldn’t put it on our website if they weren’t, right?

But let’s go a little deeper. Parents, let’s get real for a moment.

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