Name: Chloe Rothstein
Territory: It’s a big one: Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming and Mexico
Education: Stanford University - B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in American Education Reform and Spanish minor
Johns Hopkins Start Date: July 2007
Why did you choose to enter the profession of College Admissions?:
I love the idea of getting to know an individual, even if via paper, and trying to picture her or him on campus at Johns Hopkins University. I also really like stories of how higher educational opportunities have a meaningful effect on young people, and often on their communities.
What is the most enjoyable part of reading college applications? And the least enjoyable part?: Opening an application is similar to familiarizing oneself with an individual – where are they from, what interests them, in what do they excel, what part do they play in their community? An aspect I don’t like is placing an application, which I would have liked to read longer, in my “has been read” pile.
What is your personal approach to reading an application?: As I read, I circle components that seem essential to me, and then compile them in my mind, to get a sense of the applicant as a whole. It is also helpful to hear how colleagues’ opinions about one applicant are distinct. These differences, and the conversation that results, is the reason that we work well together.
What is your favorite thing about Johns Hopkins University?: It seems cliché but…the staff in the Admissions Office, and the students that we meet, each differ in many ways: their education, academic specialty, personality and also their interests. This makes for a fantastic place to study or work, and always for an interesting conversation.
If working in College Admissions wasn't an option, what would you be doing as an occupation?: I like what I do (so far!) and honestly haven’t thought about this. If I had to choose … I suppose it would be working, in some form or fashion on international educational opportunities for students.
In your personal opinion, what is the top issue facing the field of higher education currently?: Two questions of interest to me, although not necessarily top issues: (1) How should differences in background, including race and socio-economic class, be considered? (2) How will changes in Early Decision v. Action programs and also in the design of financial aid packages affect students and the universities they attend?
What is your top Johns Hopkins University memory to date?: My most vivid memory (many more to come!): During my first days at Johns Hopkins I was trained by a staff member, who bounded up staircases, all the while telling us useful information. There is a lot of energy in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, partially thanks to the students who work here. They keep us in touch with, and informed about, what is going on around the campus.
What book, what movie, and what album should all students have read, watched, and listened to before enrolling in college?: That would be a good application question. I’ll just share my personal favorites:
- Book: Anna Karenina
- Movie: Schindler’s List
- Album: Music is harder. I’m a fan of the 80’s/early 90’s: Mariah Carey’s “Greatest Hits” and Journey’s “Escape”: “working hard to get my fill, everybody wants a thrill, don’t stop belieee-ving.”