Kindness – can it help you get into college?
We recently read a very inspiring article by Rebecca Sabky who´s a former admissions director at Dartmouth. Below are some of our favorite parts:
“The problem is that in a deluge of promising candidates, many remarkable students become indistinguishable from one another, at least on paper. It is incredibly difficult to choose who to admit. Yet in the chaos of SAT scores, extracurriculars and recommendations, one quality is always irresistible in a candidate: kindness.”
“The most surprising indication of kindness I´ve ever come across in my admissions career came from a student who went to a large public school in New England. He was clearly bright, as evidenced by his class rank and teacher´s praise….But one letter of recommendation caught my eye. It was from a school custodian…the custodian wrote that he was compelled to support this student´s candidacy because of his thoughtfulness. This young man was the only person in the school who knew the names of every member of the janitorial staff.”
“Colleges should foster the growth of individuals who show promise not just in leadership and academics, but also in generosity of spirit.”
We hope this will serve as inspiration and/or encouragement to all our students who may apply to college one day. Have you done an act of kindness recently? It might help you get into your dream school!
Read the entire article: Check This Box if You´re a Good Person