Alumni Tip for Medical School Interviews

The Health Professions team is fond of reminding you that once you are in the medical school’s zip code, consider yourself on the interview stage as everyone with whom you interact-from secretary to tour guide to cafeteria worker-might be asked to share feedback on your demeanor. With medical school interview season kicking into gear, we thought it timely to share a reflection from a recent alum that underscores this point:

“I’ve utilized the student host program for every interview that I’ve attended because it saves a lot of money (no $150+/night wasted on hotels!) and it offers another opportunity to meet a current student and learn more about the school. So far, all my hosts have been wonderful! During one interview, I mentioned to my interviewer that I stayed with a current student, and she asked for his name. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but the next day I got a text from my host saying that the interviewer asked him what was his opinion of me. Luckily, the guy and I got along really well. This event underscored the fact that you have to be polite and friendly with everyone who is in any way affiliated with the school of medicine–including the hosts! Even if you don’t know that you’re being judged, you are, and everyone’s opinions of you matter. I’ve found that there’s no need to send the hosts a formal thank-you letter, a nice text after your interview will suffice, and try to bring a small thank-you gift. These students are doing us interviewees a huge favor by hosting–make sure that they know they’re appreciated!”

Great advice! Do YOU have any interview tips to share? Contact our office and we will be happy to post them.

Help the Lions Club Conduct Youth Vision Screenings

As a free service the Lions Clubs of Middlebury and Vergennes will be holding KidSight vision screenings throughout all of Addison County this October.

More than 12 million school-age children in the United States have some form of vision problem. Many vision problems run the risk of becoming permanent if not corrected by age seven, when the eye reaches full maturity. Vision also plays an important role in education. With just minutes of training, a volunteer can learn to screen vision. The screening device used in KidSight does all the work for you. The screening device, a Welch Allyn Spot vision camera, detects risk factors for amblyopia, such as strabismus, refractive errors, unequal vision, and potentially even more serious issues. If a child receives a referral for a full eye exam they can ask the Lions Club for financial assistance if needed.

Call 802.388.2811 to volunteer! View the current schedule on the Middlebury Lions Club website.

Thanks to our colleagues at the Center for Community Engagement for sharing this with us!

I Know What You Did Last Summer! – Fayza

Fayza Rahman '20.5

Fayza Rahman ‘20.5

I Know What You Did Last Summer! This is the first of a series of posts highlighting the work of the Summer 2017 Digital Media Tutors (DMTs) from the Wilson Media Lab found in the Davis Family Library Room 220. We’ll begin with Fayza!

Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Current Residence: Oberlin, Ohio
Year at Middlebury: 1
Major:  Film
What’s a DMT and what you drew you to this job on campus?
A DMT is a digital media tutor in the Wilson Media Lab who is knowledgeable about an array of softwares in order to help others with their digital projects.  As an intended film major, I love editing softwares and was inspired by the tutors that helped me through many of my film projects to take this job.


What type of training have you received?
I have received training in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, iMovie, Audacity, WordPress, Panopto, Scalar, and so much more, it’s awesome!


Do you have a strong talent with any particular software?
I love video editing and working in Adobe Premiere! I love combining Premiere with AfterEffects or Character Animator to give my movies more variety.  I could edit films all day.


What software tool would you like to learn better and why?
I really want to further master Adobe Aftereffects because that software is an endless pit of editing opportunities.


Tell me about some of the projects you worked on this summer. Were there any that were especially interesting or challenging?
I am currently working on developing a website for a first year seminar based on Dan Brown’s upcoming novel Origin. Working on that project has been really fun because Professor Beyer is passionate about the books Brown has written and I can 100% relate as someone who has read most of his work myself.
I will be starting another project where I am creating instructional lab videos for the physics department.  I am excited to do camera work for that project and it’s also cool because the lab works with lasers!
What advice would you give to any other Midd student interested in becoming a DMT?
I think the main thing is self motivation, if you want to make the most of this job, you need to be willing to dive into new softwares and familiarize yourself with them when you get the chance.  Self teaching during the slower days in the lab and becoming well versed in as many programs as possible will make you a better tutor.


Click here to read more about Fayza’s projects. For more posts like these, like our Facebook page.

Obama Foundation Fellows – deadline October 6

The Obama Foundation Fellows will be a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more – who are altering the civic engagement landscape. By engaging their fellow citizens to work together in new and meaningful ways, Obama Foundation Fellows will model how any individual can become an active citizen in their community.

The inaugural class of 20 Fellows will be integral to shaping the program and the community of Fellows for future years. For this first class, we’re seeking participants who are especially excited about helping us design, test, and refine the Fellowship.

Our two-year, non-residential Fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Fellows will also participate in four multi-day gatherings where they will collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. Throughout the program, each Fellow will pursue a personalized plan to leverage Fellowship resources to take their work to the next level. Learn more at

Are you interested in graduate school in international affairs?







Join us for an information session on graduate studies in international affairs. Admissions representatives from these schools will be on hand to discuss admissions requirements, academic programs, and career opportunities for students interested in graduate studies in international affairs.

Tuesday, September 26

4:30-5:30 pm

Coltrane Lounge in Adirondack House

Schools attending:

  • The Fletcher School at Tufts
  • Johns Hopkins SAIS
  • Columbia SIPA
  • Georgetown MSFS
  • Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School

Save the Date: Annual Fall Finance Trip

Spend your Fall Break in New York City meeting alumni who work in top financial services firms!

A window into Wall Street. This is your opportunity to meet investment bankers, asset managers, and traders, and understand what they do. This is a CAN’T MISS opportunity for anyone even remotely interested in finance as a potential career path.

This trip is open to ANYONE interested in the world of finance. It is especially important for sophomores because now is the time to start prepping for the summer 2019 analyst application process.  First-Years should attend to learn about various roles and opportunities within firms.

More information on how to register will be shared in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

Final Note: In order to participate you must wear business formal attire. Accommodations and transportation are up to each individual, but there is a break bus going to and from NYC straight to Penn Station! (There’s also a Megabus from Burlington).

Any questions? Contact Brodie Miller and Jigar Bhakta at