Why is it important to demonstrate interest?
Just like in the middle school cafeteria, finding out that someone "likes you likes you" is a huge ego boost. You suddenly see the other person with new, somewhat rose-colored glasses. This "halo effect" can make a big difference in your student's chances of admission. A student "on the bubble" (not a clear admit, not necessarily a deny) may be admitted over the student who seems to be less interested in the school.
Colleges use a number of methods to gauge demonstrated interest, but the most frequently used are the following:
How do you get the most interest bang for your application buck? Develop a relationship with your Admissions officer. Think networking, not crushing. Your student should:
What not to do
Lessa Scherrer is an college admissions consultant who has worked with college-bound students for many years. She is a member of NACAC and WACAC and also teaches ACT Prep, speed-reading, college study skills and college-level writing.
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