Building Relationships and Making Connections

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Why isn't just applying to a college enough? Find out how building relationships at your college of choice can give you an extra edge in getting accepted.

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Building Relationships and Making Connections

  1. 1. Building Relationships and Making Connections Caroline King Assistant Director of Admissions Discover Rhodes Friday, June 18 th , 2010
  2. 2. Building Relationships and Making Connections <ul><li>Why can’t I just submit my application and be done with it? </li></ul><ul><li>You need to be able to make an educated decision </li></ul><ul><li>The more a college knows about you, the more they can show you about what your experience will be like there </li></ul><ul><li>Colleges are becoming more concerned with an applicant’s interest </li></ul><ul><li>The more relationships you’ve built, the more opportunities for you to learn about the school and for the school to learn about you </li></ul><ul><li>If you’ve built relationships as an applicant, they will continue when you are an enrolled student </li></ul>
  3. 3. Building Relationships and Making Connections <ul><li>Who should I be </li></ul><ul><li>building relationships with? </li></ul><ul><li>Current Students </li></ul><ul><li>Admissions </li></ul><ul><li>Professors </li></ul><ul><li>Coaches </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Others on Campus </li></ul>
  4. 4. Building Relationships and Making Connections <ul><li>Meeting with Current Students </li></ul><ul><li>This is your chance to meet with someone who is living the experience that you have at this school! </li></ul><ul><li>Meet someone from your area or with similar interests </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch helps you to experience the campus food </li></ul><ul><li>What does a normal day include? </li></ul><ul><li>What advice do they have from their college search? </li></ul><ul><li>What would they change about their first year? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Building Relationships and Making Connections <ul><li>Meeting with Admissions </li></ul><ul><li>Get the facts and figures </li></ul><ul><li>Meet the person who will read your application </li></ul><ul><li>Get tips on the application, essays, resumes, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>When you have a question, you will know who to call </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Meeting with Professors </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to them about your academic interests to see how they fit within the department </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about research opportunities for undergraduates </li></ul><ul><li>Some academic departments have scholarships that are chosen by the faculty </li></ul>Building Relationships and Making Connections
  7. 7. <ul><li>Observing a Class </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive early </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce yourself to the professor </li></ul><ul><li>Get student opinions about academics </li></ul><ul><li>See how the professor interacts with the students </li></ul>Building Relationships and Making Connections
  8. 8. Building Relationships and Making Connections <ul><li>Meeting with Coaches </li></ul><ul><li>How will you fit on the team? </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about the school’s conference, what other teams will you play? </li></ul><ul><li>Should you play varsity, club or intramural? </li></ul><ul><li>Open a line of communication so that you can contact the coach about your athletic accomplishments </li></ul>
  9. 9. Building Relationships and Making Connections <ul><li>Meeting with Financial Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about grants, loans and work study jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about your family’s specific situation and needs </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about payment plans </li></ul>
  10. 10. Building Relationships and Making Connections <ul><li>Others on Campus </li></ul><ul><li>Residence Life </li></ul><ul><li>Career Services </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Disability Services </li></ul><ul><li>Food Service </li></ul><ul><li>The College President </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul><ul><li>Hand-written thank you note </li></ul><ul><li>Record your impressions </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in contact! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail the people you’ve met with updates and questions </li></ul></ul>Building Relationships and Making Connections
  12. 12. Questions? Building Relationships and Making Connections

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