For many, looking back as a Senior in high school can serve as an opportune time to reflect on what mattered most. High school Seniors may ask themselves: What will College Admissions Advisers think of my high school resume? Did I work hard enough? Are my grades high enough? Did I squeeze in too little or too much? While these are all valid points to consider when applying to college, there are a few key factors that many students never even think of.
Students today tend to consume information instantly through news feeds and photo updates. Consider this…
You laugh, I’m sure. However, researching prospective students online has become part of a normal admissions routine that many advisers go through when deciding between top students or considering admitting a student underdog to the university. Think about it again, what does your social media life say about you?
Many students and their parents have not yet caught on to how social media may help make your dream come true, or break your dream entirely. Removing potentially negative social media posts, comments, and photos is a must for many students who spends less time thinking about what they say than posting about what they think (ironic, I know). Still, removing negative posts is only half the battle. Think about the big picture and take this opportunity to make a name for yourself.
Whether you’re ahead of the game and looking forward to college, or on the cusp of applying to the school of your dreams and going back to tweak a few things, here are a few guidelines for keeping your college admissions safe.
More and more admissions officers are looking at social-networking sites to evaluate applicants. Make sure what your student has posted won’t negatively affect any views. Some college admissions officers said they had rejected students because of what they had seen and/or read on Internet sites like Facebook or personal blog pages.
The Internet doesn’t have to be a scary place. A college admissions adviser set out to judge a student by their social cover isn’t always on the hunt for incriminating information. In fact, their task is innocent! Admissions advisers who search specific students usually want to get a quick peek into the student’s life and get to know the student through that open window we all view as the Internet.
Maybe you’ve removed all the digital drama, but have you considered taking the time to create an online persona you will be proud of. It is never too late to start promoting your capabilities online. Students can use the Internet to show admissions counselors what it is they have a passion for or are most proud of! For example, if you volunteered or had an internship over the summer, post a blog or snap some inspiring photos. Discuss how the experience changed you or simply write a few words about what you like most. If you play a sport or study music, display your hard work and your greatest achievements. There are a variety of ways you can take advantage of the Internet as part of your college admissions process.
Whether you are a blogger, a photographer, or just a daily news feed browser, students and their parents should take note of awards, victories, positive mentions, volunteer work, and internships. Be proud of these accomplishments!
Here at SAT Preparation Group we believe that students have what it takes and should show off their talents through more than just test scores. We are here to help students with their high school resumes, college admissions packets, and college essays. We can help with scholarship applications as well. We are here for those years before a student even reaches these exciting milestones. We want students to succeed overall – whether it be in taking the SAT, ACT, or succeeding in conquering just one, important class.
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