Scoring Points with Admissions Officers with Your Personal Essay
College application packets are not something to joke around with. There are pages of general information boxes to fill out, followed by pages of short answer questions. Then, you must also remember to send in your high school transcript as well as written letters of recommendation from a few instructors and counselors. However, one of the most crucial parts of your college application does not depend on your grades and courses or what others have to say about you, but rather on what you have to say about yourself: the personal essay.
Though it may be difficult, you should try to sympathize with the college admissions officers who are in charge of determining which students are accepted into a school and which are not. After all, they pore through hundreds of college applications every spring during admissions season, and that undoubtedly gets rather tedious after seeing the same things over and over again.
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Applicants: “Be Careful What You Post on Facebook”
Before addressing school children in a speech this month, President Obama had some candid advice for students using social media. “First of all, I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook because in the YouTube age, whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life,” Obama said. “And when you’re young, you make mistakes and you do some stupid stuff.” This may be just what students needed to hear given that a recent survey of colleges with the most selective admissions found that 10 percent of admissions officers have checked applicants’ social networking sites as part of their evaluation. What’s more 38 percent said they were “negatively affected” by what they found.