Students have a lot of things to get done for college applications. Putting together the perfect application for your dream school isn’t the only thing to do during this time, and the perfect application is not the only thing college admissions officers are looking for.
College admissions officers are starting to look at students’ demonstrated interest (or lack thereof). Demonstrated interest (in regards to college) is simply, going the extra mile to show true interest beyond the standard application.
The remainder of this article will discuss what demonstrated interest is in the traditional way, what it’s starting to look like with the growth of social media, and why this all matters.
Here is a short list of ways to show a college admissions officer your demonstrated interest.
Following up/sending thank you letters (when appropriate)
College admissions officers are starting to look at applicants’ social media activity.
Why social media?
Answer: Social media is a great way for college admissions officers to get a glimpse into who you are based on what you follow and ‘like’.
Generally, people follow things on social media that they are interested in. Considering this, if a college admissions officer sees that you are following one or more social media accounts affiliated with the college, they will consider you to be very interested in the college and in turn, more likely to accept an offer.
Below are the results of a survey conducted by myKlovr asking its users if they would feel comfortable if college admissions officers checked their social media.
Why do College Admissions Officers Care About Demonstrated Interest?
Demonstrated interest shows a college admissions officer how likely you are to attend the college if you are accepted. Students who visit the campus, talk to the college representatives at college fairs, follow the college’s social media accounts, have a higher chance of accepting an offer.
College admissions officers are also looking for those students who are not only interested in their college on paper (college applications) but are actively going out of their way to learn more about the college.
Think about it this way, it is standard to send in an application, transcripts, test scores, and an essay. Demonstrated interest is going above and beyond what is required for college admissions which ultimately demonstrates the level of your genuine interest.
Things that come to mind when thinking of October are leaves changing, colder weather, and/or Halloween.
In honor of the spooky season, myKlovr has put together a list of the most interesting haunted colleges in the United States.
The colleges in this list are in no particular order, they are the five colleges that have the most interesting haunting stories. Feel free to continue to do some research yourself on haunted colleges to learn more about other schools.
Notable Alumni: Julia Child, Sylvia Plath, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan.
In 1751 at what now is known as the Sessions House, two star-crossed lovers met. One a British Soldier and the other was an American girl. Their ghosts still haunt the building to this day, where they would meet all those years ago.
Other ghosts include:
A senior who dies after forgetting to turn the gas oven off and a little boy who died after being locked in an attic. Also, a broken-hearted mother who wanders around the building with the crying baby she murdered (from when the building was a boarding house before it was apart of Smith College).
Notable Alumni: Jeff Samardzija, Will Fuller, Justin Tuck, Hannah Storm.
George Gipp is the legendary All-American football player from University of Notre Dame, who died of pneumonia in 1920 during his senior year. It is said that he has been seen riding a white horse up the stairs and through the halls of Washington Hall, the universities theater built in 1881.
Other ghosts include:
A steeplejack who fell off the roof during construction of the theater known as Washington Hall in 1881, along with students who still practice his French horn at night.
Notable Alumni: Paul Newman, Allison Janney, Josh Radnor, Rutherford B. Hayes.
The oldest ghost at Kenyon College is Stuart Pierson. Pierson’s death was caused by fraternity hazing gone wrong in 1905. His fraternity brothers left him on a trestle table, promising to come for him later, but in the night he was struck and killed by a train. The members of the fraternity still pay tribute each year to Pierson.
Other ghosts include:
A tragic fire in Old Kenyon killed nine students in 1949, who are said to wake up current students who live in The Caples residence hall with warnings to get out. The Caples residence hall also hosts the spirit of a man who fell down an elevator shaft while trying to escape in 1979, students have reported being woken up by an invisible man sitting on their bed smelling of alcohol.
Gettysburg College is located next to the Gettysburg Battlefield, where one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War was fought, with as many as 800 deaths. A lot of the colleges’ ghost stories take place at Penn Hall, which was used as a hospital and morgue during the battle.
Other ghosts include:
Ghosts of soldiers have also been spotted around campus, in residence halls, Stevens Hall and Huber Hall.
Famous Alumni: Linda Evans, Rob Reyes, Scott Lagasse Jr..
Flagler College is located in the oldest city in the United States, Saint Augustine, Florida. Henry Flagler is known to be a ghost that haunts the hotel he built, along with one of his mistresses and his wife.
Other ghosts include:
Students have reported seeing a woman dressed in all black standing at the foot of their bed, and a little by stomping through the halls. Also, a pregnant woman who had died when falling down the stairs, a boy who fell from the balcony, and a handyman who whistles while he works on the showers.
These colleges were picked from an already existing list by College Consensus.
Group projects, some students like them and some do not! There are both advantages and disadvantages to group projects.
A disadvantage of group projects is if one member slacks, the whole group suffers. Sometimes, one person does most of the work, or the final product is not as complete as it could have been because everyone did not give 100%.
Advantages of group projects are seen most in the final results of the project. If all group members worked together and gave 100%, it will show in the final result, and most likely earn a high grade.
A survey was sent out to myKlovr users asking if they love or hate group projects. Out of 267 responses, 45% like group projects, 46% do not like group projects, and 9% are neutral.
To make the most of group projects, no matter what the circumstances, myKlovr has come up with a list of five tips for students to find success when working in group projects.
Setting goals within your group will keep everyone on task and allow for the project to be broken up into smaller pieces.
Assigning tasks, give everyone something to do, making sure everything that needs to be done will get done.
Stay connected via text, e-mail, or group chats (GroupMe) to have a place where you can reach group members easily to keep everyone on the same page.
Listening is an important part of communication, quite literally. There is no point in talking to group members if they are not going to listen.
Don’t hesitate to speak up if something is not working or someone isn’t pulling their weight. Squashing the problem ASAP will only help the group in the long run.
3. There is no “I” in “team”
Work together, one person can not and should not do all the work. A team or group works best when everyone is giving 100%.
Everyone has different perspectives and opinions, use this to your group’s advantage.
Taking ownership when you personally have done something wrong can show your respect to your group members and that you are trying to make it better for the future.
Showing responsibility for your work/actions will make the group dynamic run smoother.
Don’t be afraid to hold your group members responsible for their deadlines and tasks.
Alwayslearnsomething in whatever you do, either from the topic of the assignment or about how you personally work best in groups.
Take note of what has worked and what hasn’t, will make your next group project better than the last.
Learning skills from group projects will help you in the professional world later on in life.
Group projects are important not only for school assignments but for your future as well. If they seem like a burden now, think about what you will learn in the long run, such as communication, teamwork, and accountability.
Participating in group projects prepare students for the working world/college. Similarly, the assignment may not be interesting or someone in the group may not be your favorite person.
The struggles students face when doing group projects do happen in the real world, but never the less, the project must get done.
Colleges look at more than just grades and test scores. Getting involved in extracurriculars and clubs is a good way to boost a college resume.
Clubs and extracurriculars add depth to a college application and can showcase students’ individual interests and experiences. Colleges appreciate when students are passionate about something and take action to pursue their interests in a developmental and valuable way.
Sometimes, joining a club that is out of your comfort zone, might spark interests that you did not know you had.
MyKlovr asked users to fill out a one question survey about the most unusual clubs and extracurriculars at their high schools.
Below is a list (in no particular order) of the most unusual user submissions myKlovr received from high school students. Descriptions are provided for some.
Lettuce Eating Club
Once a year, club members race to see who can eat a head of lettuce the fastest. The winner becomes the new club president and plans the competition for the next year.
The Gentlemen’s Club
Young men in this club, dress up in suits and sip tea during club meetings.
This club was formed because students believed that the school was haunted. Haunted houses are organized every year for club members and the rest of the student body to attend.
Members of this club have a discussion while eating different types of toast.
Other Clubs Submitted
Waffle Eating Club Buttons Club Go Kart Club Glassblowing Club Chapstick of The Month Club Rock, Paper, Scissors Club Free Hugs Club Cloud Watching Club Ant Lovers United Club
Some additional unique club submissions myKlovr received were Lego Club, Biking Club, Culinary Club, and Line Dancing Club.
No matter the focus of the club, it is important to get involved in clubs or extracurriculars that you are interested in. It shows colleges that you have passions and you are willing to go out into the world and pursue what you love.
Choosing a college can be overwhelming for high school students when there seems to be a never-ending list of options. Some schools are small, some are big, there are urban campuses, rural campuses, and some schools are private and some are state schools, the list goes on and on.
If you are unsure of where to even apply to, here is a list of the top ten schools on the east coast generated by myKlovr. It can be beneficial to apply to schools that will challenge you academically and personally.
1. Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, MA
Total Enrollment: 20,324
Acceptance Rate: 5%
Harvard University was founded on September 8, 1636, and named after its first benefactor, John Harvard.
The first graduation ceremony for Harvard University was in 1642, honoring nine graduates.
2. Yale University
Location: New Haven, CT
Total Enrollment: 12,458
Acceptance Rate: 6%
Yale University was founded in 1701 and named after Elihu Yale.
The most popular majors at Yale University are Cellular and Molecular Biology, History, Science and Government, and Psychology.
3. Princeton University
Location: Princeton, NJ
Total Enrollment: 8,181
Acceptance Rate: 7%
Princeton University was founded in 1746 and named after the town the college is located in, Princeton, New Jersey.
The school colors are black and orange and the school mascot is a Tiger.
The table below shows the other schools on the top ten list.
Type of School
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York, NY
MyKlovr created this top ten list by taking the average of the rankings from The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, College Raptor, Education Corner, and Niche.