Demonstrating Genuine Interest in Your College Admissions Journey

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3 Key Takeaways

  • Active Participation: Engaging in college information sessions, both online and in-person, showcases genuine interest and commitment to admissions officers.
  • Effective Communication: Establishing direct communication with admissions counselors can significantly enhance your application’s visibility and appeal.
  • Continuous Engagement: Regular updates and interactions with colleges after application submission keep your candidacy top of mind and demonstrate continued enthusiasm.

As the founder and CEO of Anja Education Consultants, I have always emphasized the importance of not just applying to a college but engaging deeply with your prospective schools. This approach is central to our consultancy's philosophy and has been instrumental in our clients' remarkable success in college admissions.

Why Does Demonstrating Interest Matter?

Colleges want to admit students who are likely to accept their offers, contribute to campus life, and thrive academically and socially. Demonstrating your interest can significantly influence the admissions decision, providing a clear signal that you are eager to become part of their community. From attending online information sessions to engaging with admissions counselors, every action you take can help set your application apart.

How Can You Demonstrate Interest Effectively?

First and foremost, participating in online information sessions and virtual tours is a fantastic way to show interest. These platforms not only provide valuable insights into what the colleges offer but also allow you to make informed decisions about where to apply. As I often tell our clients, "This is an excellent way to explore each college, do your research, and at the same time to demonstrate interest."

However, your engagement shouldn't stop at passive participation. Interacting during sessions, asking informed questions, and following up with personalized emails can further emphasize your enthusiasm. Remember, colleges often track interactions, including how often you visit their websites from the same IP address, which can be a subtle yet powerful way to show your interest.

Building Relationships with Admissions Counselors

One of the most effective strategies is to connect directly with the college admission counselor assigned to your region. These are the individuals who will read your application and potentially advocate for you. Building a rapport with them can be a game-changer. As I advise, "Establishing a connection can be very powerful, especially if you have questions that you did not find answers to on the website."

When reaching out, make sure your communications are meaningful. Don’t just email to make contact; ensure that each email or phone conversation revolves around genuine queries or discussions about aspects of the program that intrigue you. This targeted communication shows that you are thoughtful and genuinely interested in what the school has to offer.

After the Application: Maintaining Contact

Even after you submit your applications, your job isn't done. Keeping the college updated with significant achievements or portfolio updates can keep your application fresh in the admissions officers' minds. I always remind our students, "After you submit your applications, you will be able to update them by emailing these counselors or uploading materials to the college, so keep track of their contact information."

Our Approach at Anja Education Consultants

At Anja Education Consultants, we tailor our approach to each student’s unique aspirations, emphasizing strategic engagement with colleges throughout the admissions process. Our methods are designed not only to improve your chances of acceptance but also to ensure that the colleges you apply to are truly the best fit for your academic and personal growth.

In conclusion, demonstrating interest is much more than a checkbox; it’s about making informed, consistent, and engaging choices throughout your college application process. By taking these steps, you signal to your prospective colleges that you are eager to contribute to and grow with their community.


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Anjali Maazel

Anjali Maazel

Founder and CEO of Anja Education Consultants

At Anja Education Consultants, we pride ourselves on the exceptional expertise of our Founder and CEO, Anjali Maazel. With over 15 years of experience as an alumna interviewer for Princeton University, our team, led by Anjali, brings a wealth of knowledge in college admissions. Our interdisciplinary approach, which melds arts, international education, and public relations, allows us to provide unparalleled guidance in college planning. The cornerstone of our success is the proprietary Talent Development 3D Process™, a unique strategy that has achieved a remarkable 100% success rate in securing admissions for our clients to at least one of their top three preferred schools. As a respected Ted Talk speaker and a sought-after authority in college admissions, we are frequently invited by high schools across the globe to share our insights and strategies, empowering students to reach their full potential in the competitive world of college admissions.
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