Q+A with Morehead-Cain’s Director of Scholar Selection, Justine Okerson

Blog | October 11, 2019
Justine Okerson, Director of Scholar Selection

The leaves are changing, the weather is crisp . . . that must mean that application season is upon us! This week, we sat down with Justine Okerson, director of scholar selection, to answer some of your most-asked questions.

Q: Does Morehead-Cain also review documents like the student’s application to UNC or do you only review the Morehead-Cain application?

A: Great question! The selections team does not read your application to Carolina; it only reads your application to Morehead-Cain, so you are welcome to tweak or re-use an essay if needed. While the Morehead-Cain and UNC applications are separate processes, we have a great working relationship with the UNC Admissions Office and are in frequent communication with them.

Q: Who should I ask to write my letter of recommendation? Should it be the same person I ask for my UNC Admissions application?

A: We recommend asking your college or guidance counselor to write your letter of recommendation, but you are welcome to ask a teacher or school administrator who knows you well. This person should speak about who you are in and outside of the classroom. Ask yourself: “Who knows me well? Who can advocate on my behalf? Who can speak to my leadership and character best?”

Q: When I am filling out information for the activities and physical vigor section of the application, where should I list my activities? Can they overlap?

A: When filling out the three activities section of the application, you want to write about the three activities that are most important to you. Where have you made an impact? Where have you demonstrated leadership? Which activities would others say you’re passionate about? While there can certainly be overlap between your physical vigor and top three activities, we want to ensure you have enough space to share as much as possible about who you are and what motivates you.

Q: Can I attach a resume?

A: While applicants aren’t able to attach a resume to the application, we’ve created several spaces in our application for you to share as much as possible. In the physical vigor section, you may mention playing tennis or studying ballet, while in your three-activities section, you may mention other club or community involvements that are important to you.

But that’s not all! You can also share five more elements about what makes you tick. In addition, you can share any personal or professional goals for the year with us. We give you the last word to tell us something about yourself that we didn’t even ask. Our goal is to provide you with the space and freedom to share who you are. It’s your responsibility to use those spaces wisely and share multiple facets of your personality and passions.

Q: Can I add something to my application after I have submitted?

A: Absolutely! After you submit your application, if you have new test scores or other pertinent information, you can log in to your application and upload any necessary information to the applicant status page. This is also a handy tool to view your checklist and ensure all pieces of your application have been submitted successfully.

Q: What should I do after I have submitted my application?

A: This is undoubtedly the hardest part: waiting. Depending on how you’ve entered our applicant pool, there are different timelines for each of our applicants. This information can be viewed on our prospective scholars page. No matter which timeline you’re on, we hope you find time to connect with friends, enjoy your senior year, and breathe deeply as you move through the college application journey. We wish you the best in this next stage of life!