Creating a best-fit college list is a process that you must commit to. It takes time, reflection, and research. As you begin creating your list, remember that you want to find a college that will help you grow academically AND personally. Asking some core questions about yourself during this process and answering honestly is essential for you to zero in on the range of schools that appeal to you. Ready to begin exploring colleges in more depth?
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Visiting colleges and/or interviewing is a great way to “demonstrate (your) interest” in attending. However, if you are unable to visit or interview, fret not!
There are many ways to make the decision makers aware of who you are and of your interest in attending. But whether you connect via email, by telephone, or in person, it is important in all circumstances to be able to articulate clearly what you are hoping to get from your college experience (why them?) as well as what you will bring to campus (why you?).
Reaching out to admissions representatives in person at an event or by email is a great opportunity to add give them insight into your personality, values and goals through the questions that you ask. It is also a great way to demonstrate your interest in the college; an increasingly important way you can tip the scales in admissions decisions (colleges want to pick candidates who will pick them).