Sean Robbins

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    • #12424
      KG from KZOO
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      I talked to him (the Cali-kid) last night….He said that he applied to almost 15 different schools (mostly Ivy league). He said he doesn’t have a top choice yet because the acceptance rate is so low for most of schools that he applied to and he doesn’t want to get his hopes up and have it backfire. However, he said based on the relationships that he’s developed with the coaches and from what he has heard about each school, he said K is at top 4 choice. He said that the coaches at George Washington and University of Chicago said that he has gotten in there…He said his decision will be very close to the May 1st deadline. He mentioned how he wasn’t satisfied with his test scores 28 ACT)….this could help us because he will get into K and probably not many Ivy schools

      Here is what Steve has to say:

      I know that he wont get into the Ivy’s because Eric (a friend) was told he wouldn’t get in unless he applied early, which is why he is going to Columbia and not here. George Washington is an ok program, but they have terrible retention problems and swim in possibly the worst D1 conference in the country…the A10 is terrible. Our medleys beat theirs and our free relays are right on par with them. I think they would look at him, and he would contribute but wouldn’t do much on a conference level at his pace, while he could be an All-American here. If he wants team success, then he will come here over chicago and GW.

    • #36204
      Derek
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      What is motivating him? Both GW and Chicago are obviously very good schools. Maybe you’ve already covered this elsewhere, but what is he looking for in college? For instance, if he is looking for politics, GW is great. If that’s what he’s after, though, we can mention that I worked for a congressman the summer between my sophomore and junior years and that is an established connection that K has.

    • #36205
      KG from KZOO
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      what is he looking for in college

      He is interested in studying international business, which can be used in our favor if we push the study abroad program

    • #36206
      Low Tide
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      Wasn’t JJ Wilner (the guy who posed for Play girl) international business?

    • #36207
      Milhouse
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      Only if you consider delivering pizzas as an international business.

    • #36208
      Vic
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      @KG from KZOO wrote:

      what is he looking for in college

      He is interested in studying international business, which can be used in our favor if we push the study abroad program

      You can major in economics with a field of emphasis in international commerce, but that’s about as far as Kalamazoo gets to international business. I was an econ major and didn’t get the feeling that too many people picked that field of emphasis, although the department may be getting more of an international feel now. McCornac is big on the international stuff, Hussen and Chuck are overseas this year, and some of the newer professors appear to be from other countries. Anyways, I don’t think that this is a big strong point for Kalamazoo, although I’m sure that someone who majored in Economics at Kalamazoo and then went to grad school at someplace like Thunderbird would do just fine. Probably the biggest thing that K has going for it is the opportunity to study abroad at the London School of Economics, although you have to extended term, it’s expensive, and he would miss swimming. But, I would mention that as a possibility, and he wants extra accounting classes or something like that, he can take them at Western.

      GWU offers a major in international business, and obviously K can’t compete with U of C when it comes to economics/business, so he may feel that those would be better options for him academically.

      I would try to push study abroad, value of a liberal arts education, the fact that undergrad major isn’t that important, if he majors in economics at K he will be fine, the swim team, and how much fun it is to be a part of the swim team and the college. U of C is notorious for having unhappy undergrads.

    • #36209
      KG from KZOO
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      Alright, Steve lied….he’s interested in pre-law…..sorry Vic!

    • #36210
      Vic
      Member

      @KG from KZOO wrote:

      Alright, Steve lied….he’s interested in pre-law…..sorry Vic!

      Ha, alright. I guess I just wasted ten minutes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #36211
      Derek
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      So what is our position if he is pre-law? It doesn’t matter what school you go to, only the LSAT? We have a great Kaplan center downtown? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #36212
      Low Tide
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      There must be some stat for what percentage of K applicants get into law school. For general “graduate school” it was 90% for a long time… that is a great statistic.

      With good grades, a good college, good test scores and an internship you can get into any law school — no matter what your undergrad major is.

    • #36213
      silentp
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      I don’t know the stats but I know it’s high.

      It’s true that Chicago people hate their undergrad experience because the school is boring, hard and the women are uglier than K’s (didn’t know this was possible, but it’s true). Their pool will be something he notices that is significantly nicer, he will also probably like the fact that it’s a bigger town, but their team blows and he could be the fly leg of an amazing relay.

      GW is a good school and last year had a quality basketball squad, but that’s also where swimming funding likely goes. No clue on their pool, but since it’s D1, i’d talk as much about NCAAs as possible. He wouldn’t go for D1 and for Chicago he is less likely to make it than at K, so that’s our big advantage.

      Also, we’re a smaller school than both of those schools (right?) so it’s much easier to become active and in clubs, which will help a lot when applying to law schools.

    • #36214
      Derek
      Member

      Ah, yes, variety of experiences. My resume isn’t very cohesive, but it does have a lot of cool stuff on it from college. If we can reach this guy, he is a good fit for K. The fact that he is from CA and his picks are all Chicago -> East is good for us. Just sell the undergraduate opportunities aspect of K.

    • #36215

      @Vic wrote:

      @KG from KZOO wrote:

      McCornac is big on the international stuff, Hussen and Chuck are overseas this year, and some of the newer professors appear to be from other countries.

      Hultberg is the international business specialty prof at K (haven’t had him but I hear he is really good, I believe he’s been published multiple times), Chuck and Hussen are back next year.

      LSE is probably the best selling point of our international business program, as it is one of the most prestigious economics programs in the world.

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