As important as your GPA can seem when applying to college, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of making personal connections. We live in a world where we place a high value on our friendships and relationships with others. And that is also true of college admissions officers. Instead of weighing an applicant based on their test scores and academic abilities (although those both play a major role), an admissions officer is going to look for an applicant that they can relate to.
Despite what you may like to believe, personal bias can affect the admissions process. Learn how to maximize the potential of your application by making the right connections and becoming a familiar face at your university of choice.
As of 2017, the college acceptance rate dropped to a low of 4.65%, the lowest point in academic history, thanks to Stanford University. That means the competition is stiff and you need to do everything...
If you read the title of this post and got a shiver down your spine, a racing heart, or a tightness in your body, you’re not alone. Many students are afraid to approach professors, admissions officers and other personnel of the college. I totally understand your pain, but if you don’t work through the fear, you’re going to miss out on the opportunity to learn something important and to make a positive impression.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. The college application process is preparation for the “real world.” The journey of preparing for and putting together your college applications should be very similar to how you would approach a job search or a career change. In a job search. you might hear the phrase, it’s not always what you know; it’s who you know. Well, guess what? This mantra this applies to college admissions too. So if you can’t make a personal connection with someone at the college, you’re...
I wrote a post on why applicants need to build relationships with college admissions officers and others at the college in order to stand out.
As I write, college admissions is NOT a numbers game, reliant on test scores only. It’s a human connection that provides an opportunity to build awareness about who you are as an applicant and what you have to offer the world. When college admissions officers know who you are, they’re going to be interested in you. They’re going to learn about your values, and assess if YOU can offer a benefit to them by attending their college/university. Students can be part of shaping that conversation by reaching out to admissions officers and professors. If students can talk clearly about what they do and why they’ll do it, they’ll have the opportunity to earn the trust and praise of college admissions officers.
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