Curious about the Kenzie admissions process? Current learner Cheria Artis gives us a peek into her journey and shares advice for acing your Admissions interview in this learner blog.
I’m heading into my third quarter at Kenzie and I’m looking forward to what it will teach me and my fellow learners. As a learner so far along in the program, a lot of people who are considering applying for Kenzie Academy’s programs ask me what they should say or do during the Admissions interview. So, I thought I’d share a few things that may help ease the tension.
1. Be yourself.
If you’re not you, your Admissions Counselor won’t be able to understand your needs and how the program fits into your overall goals. The point of the Admissions Process is not only to make sure you’re a good fit for Kenzie, but also to make sure Kenzie is a good fit for you.
2. Be prepared.
Write out all of the questions you want answered. The staff at Kenzie is amazing and very responsive. Don’t be afraid that you’re asking too many questions. The only bad question is the one you didn’t ask.
3. Take notes.
You’re not expected to remember everything. This is also good practice for the Kenzie program, the job search, and life in general.
4. Again, be yourself.
I know I said this already but it’s so much more important than you realize. There are people of all levels of experience and backgrounds at Kenzie. It’s not a matter of if you have a ton of coding or design knowledge. It’s about how you can be you, and work as a team and member of the Kenzie Family.
5. Tell them what getting into Kenzie truly means to you.
Tell them about your past experiences and your dreams. Tell them why you want to go to Kenzie. Tell them who you want to be and how you feel Kenzie can contribute to that.
Just remember. You’re not alone. If you have any questions, ask. If you don’t feel comfortable asking them, feel free to reach out on Slack or Career Karma. There will be people in your cohort, Subject Matter Experts, Facilitators, and Coaches willing to help you out. There’s also the Learner Success Team. If something is bothering you, let them know. Let them help you help yourself. My final tip is don’t be afraid of the staff. They’re people too!