Wake Forest University

April 2012

Rethinking Admissions

Continuing the Conversation

Archive for April, 2012

Come on, Tour Guides, Tell Me a Story

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Everyone enjoys a good story. The best ones have the ability to transform reality – at least for a moment – and allow us to envision ourselves in the role of the protagonist. Employing such a tactic as a tour guide on a college campus might seem unsettling initially, but it can be quite effective in distinguishing your campus tour from another. The addition of personal anecdotes – the elation over that academic “aha,” sharing one’s most meaningful extracurricular experiences, as well as the developmental hurdles encountered – makes the campus tour all the more authentic and memorable. With the number of outstanding colleges across the country, the campus tour can often be the factor that sets yours apart.   So take ownership of your story.  Make it honest, make it entertaining, and you may soon find yourself to be quite the author!

Pain of college rejection reconsidered

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

At this point, you’ve probably heard back from every one of the colleges to which you applied. Perhaps you squealed with excitement with the receipt of each acceptance or even suffered a bit of a psychological blow when you were told otherwise.  We have all felt that feeling of defeat at some point during our lives, but for many teenagers, rejection from college may often seem life-altering, marking the beginning of many important steps into one’s life as an adult.  However, the adversity experienced during these times may be one of the best life lessons for young adults , helping to put it all into perspective.