If you have the opportunity for a college interview - take it. Colleges and universities with a large admissions pool work very hard to make sure that prospective students who request interviews get them. If the idea of sitting in front of a stranger to convince them that you deserve to go to their alma mater, makes you nauseous, take a deep breath and calm down. As someone who volunteers as an alumni interviewer, trust me when I say that I am not there to grill you about every time you underperformed academically. However, I do want to share with two interviews that could not be more different from one another. One was exceptional and the other was an exceptional disaster.