By Christopher Poz, Profiles/Features Editor
The admission interviews for eighth grade students who are hoping to come to Verbum Dei High School will be taking place this week from February 5 to February 7, and next week from February 12 to February 15, from 3:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day. Additional interviews will be held February 19, if necessary.
The Admissions Department team as well as some freshmen on-campus workers, who do not have Corporate Work Study Program job placements, have contacted prospective school parents to let them know the times and dates of the interviews.
The interviews are conducted by faculty and staff members in classrooms throughout campus. Student ambassadors guide prospective students and their parents from place to place on campus.
“Everyone on campus has a part in the interviews,” said Pablo Zapotecas of the Admissions Department.
The admissions team works to bring 120 new freshmen students to the Verb. This number of incoming students helps to ensure that the class will maintain a sufficient enrollment over the four years; some students eventually leave the school for various reasons.
“We have to make sure that we are able to get 120 students,” said Zapotecas, “as well as seeing if we can get any transfer students to fill in the seats of the students who [have] left.”
The interviews go well for most students though, admittedly, they may be nervous.
“I was kind of nervous at first,” said current freshman Kevin Bello, “but then [Br. Martin, former Jesuit novice assigned to VDHS] told me that I don’t have to be nervous because it is an easy interview, and it is going to go well no matter what.”
However, some students may feel intimidated during their interviews.
“The interview was kind of scary because I didn’t know what to say for some of the questions,” said current freshman Victor Miranda.
The admission interviews are part of every student’s application process at VDHS, and this week, they continue to allow prospective students an opportunity to learn about the Verb community as the school learns about them.