Applying into the NEAG School of Education as a sophomore at UConn can be a very exciting but also nerve-wracking time for many people. I know I personally applied 2 years ago and experienced a roller coaster of emotions throughout the process. There were so many questions that I was struggling with daily. Here are some of those questions or some resources that you can use for assistance.
The number one question often revolves around the interview process. This can often be a very stressful situation for students considering this may be one of their first serious interviews. Questions like “What do I wear?”, “What will they ask me?”, or “How do I properly phrase my answers?” are common for students to have. A very valuable resource to help with this is visiting the Center for Career Development to do a practice interview. Our practice interview staff members are very competent in assisting student with interviews specifically geared toward the NEAG interview process. After the interview you will receive a video of your interview for you to review. This can be extremely useful to students to relieve some of the pre-interview jitters and to learn some useful hints and tips.
Another aspect of the application process is a written essay. The essay question changes every year and is largely based off of your experiences. For example, when I was applying into NEAG the question was “Why is education important?” The biggest piece of advice I can provide regarding the essay is to have as many different people look it over for you. I must have had at least 10 people include family members, class members, professors, managers from work, advisors, and other various people look it over for me before I finally sent it in. Having many people look it over can help to ensure not only that you are getting your point across effectively but also a fresh eye may catch any mistakes you make have over looked. In the end, however, it is important to remember that this is a reflection of yourself as a future educator.
The last piece of advice that I can’t stress enough is VOLUNTEER! Getting out into school districts and getting various kinds of experience is so incredibly valuable in the application process. This includes various age groups, classroom settings, and urban/suburban towns. Not only is this important in NEAG but it will help you grow as a future teacher.
I highly recommend stopping by the Center for Career Development to get any further advice you may be looking for. Our staff members are always willing to help!