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How can I show colleges that I am eager to go to their school?

Asked Homestead, Florida

There's going to be an information session for a school I plan on applying which I will be attending. What can I do to show the advisors that I am passionate about their school? What questions should I ask? #college #college-selection #school #college-admissions

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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

The most effective way to show an interest is to share your career focus and

  • ask about the school's faculty and classes and facilities related to that focus
  • ask about coop and internship opportunities in that career area that might be available at this school
  • ask to meet and talk to graduates of that school who graduated in your area of interest, so that they could be able to share their experiences in that school and in that career area
  • share your experiences in that career area including classes taken, extracurricular activities related to that area, reasons for interest in that area and ask how this might be viewed by the college upon application as possibly helping make you a more attractive candidate

Here are some tips:

https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-messages-you-need-to-know-and-nail-to-pitch-yourself

https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-smart-ways-to-upgrade-your-elevator-pitch

https://www.themuse.com/advice/mastering-the-art-of-a-career-fair#!

http://www.wikihow.com/Follow-Up-After-a-Career-Fair

https://mail.yahoo.com/d/folders/1/messages/ADxdwQoAAAFbWoG9OwDuSE_zXoM

Patrick’s Answer

Hi Gabriela,


There are a few different ways you can work on showing college's you're seriously interested in attending them. Some of the best ways to show your interest in a school include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending open houses - showing your face and learning more about the schools always help
  • Meeting and talking to Alumni - some schools sponsor Alumni meet and greets that are great opportunities to show your interest and pick prior students brains
  • If interested in playing a sport in college - it's always a good idea to reach out to a coach before applying and letting them know your interest. Sometimes they have a say in the admissions process.
  • Attend/ schedule an Interview with the admissions personnel - I've always found this has been a great help when admissions counselors are trying to weed out potential students based on how serious they are about attending the school. The biggest things you can do here are come dressed to impress and prepared with your homework (do some research before the interview on the school and be able to identify specific values or activities the school is connected with that you are passionate about or have mutual interest in).
  • Get a letter of recommendation from a trusted adult that works closely with you and can speak to your character positively (ie. a past teacher or coach)

Again, these are just some good suggestions on how to express your interest in different schools.

Best of luck!

Pat