FHS Seniors get Stanford Interviews

My name is Austin Pegram and I am a current senior at Forks High School. When I first started to look at colleges ........

College Outlook

By: Austin Pegram

My name is Austin Pegram and I am a current senior at Forks High School. When I first started to look at colleges I had one goal in mind — get into the best school in the nation, Stanford University. Since I was young I have always wanted to go to Stanford. My grandpa went to Stanford and Stanford Medical School, and inspired me to apply there so I could live up to such a legacy. I soon realized that it is extremely hard to get accepted into Stanford, so I also applied to other colleges and have been accepted into Eastern, PLU and Portland. However, the most exciting part of this whole college experience has been the chance to be interviewed by not only Stanford, but Princeton as well.

My interview with Stanford was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. I was very nervous when I met with the Stanford alumnus, Mr. Warren Brown, for my interview. However, as soon as I sat down and began, I started to feel more comfortable. The questions he asked where very personal, like my fears and certain things about myself. I felt very confident in my answers, but I did not have a lot of questions for him, which is something I would change if I could re-do this interview.

In my Princeton interview I felt a lot more prepared and I knew what I was getting into. However, when Mr. Adam Barr from Redmond sat down and began the interview, I was thrown for a spin again. Even though his interviewing style was completely different than the Stanford interview, I adapted quickly and was able to get back into my same comfort level. Overall, these interviews were an amazing experience that I am glad to have under my belt. I have no clue if I will be accepted, but I hope I will be!


Stanford college review

By: Esther Nguyen

My name is Esther Nguyen and I am a current senior at Forks High School. Since freshman year, Stanford and the University of Washington have been my dream schools. Scared as can be for my future, never in a million years would I have thought to be asked for an interview by a Stanford alumni.

Although nervous, I was very ecstatic; I couldn’t stop smiling when talking to Stanford alumnus Warren Brown. I had many questions but only asked him about five because I felt so nervous. We introduced ourselves and then I asked him questions about the study abroad program, classes, professors, etc. Moving on from my questions, Mr. Brown asked me about myself, which was both easy and difficult to answer. The main focus on this interview was to retrieve information about myself and notify Stanford admissions what he had learned about me.

As I am growing older and experiencing different things, many of my plans have changed. Since I have traveled to London, England, I discovered a desire for traveling and decided to consider a study abroad program when I enter college.

Between my four years of high school, I have always juggled between three different majors, including business and law, political science and the medical field. I hope to work hard toward the major I choose and reach my goals at one of my top two universities. While in college, I want to continue my passion of cheerleading while focusing on my studies.

Most of all, I am thankful for the opportunity of being interviewed by one my dream schools and excited to further my education beyond high school.