infinite--reverie said: Hi! I saw on the Tulane questions tumblr that you are a Newcomb scholar and I was wondering if you could tell me more about what the program looks for in applicants as well as some general comments? I'm very interested in applying. I will be a freshman this fall :)
HI! I’m super passionate about the Newcomb Scholars program and I love talking about it. (here’s something I sent to someone else about the application process) Basically what the application entails a bunch of short essays and one longer personal statement type piece. From that they choose 30-40 girls for a 30 minute interview with (usually) three women who work in the Newcomb College Institute. Then in mid-late November they will contact the 20 girls that have been chosen! I think that the biggest thing with applying is that the NCI wants to see that you are passionate about something. The program is very individually based and driven by your own research interests and career goals so for example I’m a double major in public health and Latin American studies and my research interest is about child nutrition in rural central America but we have girls who are biomedical engineering/cell and molecular biology majors who work in labs and want to research certain gene mutations or diseases and then there’s girls that are art history or anthropology that are interested in something completely different. You can totally be successful in this program with any field of study but you have to be able to have a certain level of academic curiosity if that makes sense? And most of us have changed our research interests and even majors since being in the program so whatever you mention in your application doesn’t have to be set in stone but they want to see your curiosity and passion and your ability to speak eloquently about topics you care about. Also because it is a special leadership program for women they do want to see that you have an interest in women’s issues but even that can be based on your personal interests (like I remember talking about young girls education in my interview).
As far as general comments, I love the program. I feel like I get to be surrounded by these amazing young women who are leaders on campus and seriously going to change the world. I love all of them and don’t know how different my college experience might be if I hadn’t applied for this program. If you are interested in really getting the most out of your academics and research while in college this is a great program for that. The older scholars are great mentors and friends and I love it as a support system. A great way to get a feel for the program is by attending the info sessions in Sept (I believe) where some of the women who run the program and a panel of scholars will talk about everything and answer questions, the NCI loves to see girls come to these and their perfect to get a feel for everything.
Really in the application don’t freak out and just be yourself, they honestly want to meet you and get to know you not “judge” you.