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Social Media is not a Waste of your Admissions Office’s Time

Not only is our interaction with students via social networks going to grow but the fact of the matter is that it is much more effective to interact with students via social networks and here’s why…

Many admissions recruiters have this idea that social media (web 2.0) is not a productive use of time.  One example of this is the apprehension admissions offices have of setting up a Facebook page.  Some of the offices I have spoken with feel that if they run a Facebook page they will be wasting time having to moderate slanderous comments left by visitors or even have to interact with more prospective students.

Rather than worrying about having to respond to all these comments positive or negative we should realize that these interactions are a great opportunity for us to reach tens, hundreds even thousands of prospective students!

Let’s imagine we are in New Delhi giving a presentation about our school to a group of 100 prospective international students.  100 students are sitting, listening attentively to how our school offers international students a life changing experience.  We talk about how our school is connected to job opportunities in various fields like, the sciences, engineering and finance.  We talk about how easy it is to get involved in the current international student community.  We talk about how many great international student events and student groups there are.

As we wrap up the presentation we ask if anyone has any questions.  One student raises their hand and asks ‘I want to know what I can do to improve my chances of being accepted to your school.  What kind of extracurricular activities do you like to see?  Which test scores do you look at closely?  What range of scores would give me the best chance of being accepted?’

As we prepare to answer this question we think if it would be easier to talk to the student one on one after the presentation or if we should answer the student right there and then?  This decision is a very important one!!!

If we decide to answer this question right there and then, 100 people get to hear our answer.  That is 99 more than if we answer the students question after the presentation!  Remember how our teachers in school would tell us not to be afraid to ask a question because 10 other people in the class probably have the same question? Well the same goes here, there are many other students with similar questions who might be afraid to ask so it is always important to answer as many questions as we can in front of as many people as we can.

So how does this relate to social media (web 2.0)?  Say on our Facebook page someone writes a comment on our wall asking the same question as above.  Or consider someone posts a comment about our school that is false and we now have to take a few minutes to share the truth.  By answering the question or the comment on our wall (not a private message or e-mail) it is as if we are answering that question in front of a large audience like in New Delhi.  Just because we are responding to one student doesn’t mean that tens, hundreds, even thousands of other students aren’t reading our answer!

Think about that for a minute.  Any time we respond to a comment left on one of our photos, videos, wall, etc. there is a possibility that there are tens, hundreds, even thousands of people who are reading what we write!

That is the power of social media (web 2.0).  Even though we aren’t aware of all the people who are reading what we write on Facebook, the effect of our communication via that medium is much more effective than writing e-mails or private messages in response to each individual student’s question or comment.

Consider this thought:

E-mail response = 1 person hearing the answer to a question

Social media response = tens, hundreds, or even thousands of people hearing the answer to a question!

Which do you prefer?

Photo by Hoong Wei Long


The Application Essay

Most students get very nervous when it comes to writing their applicaiton essay.  What do I say in my essay to impress a college or unviersity?  Which topic should I write about?  What if my English grammar isn’t very good?

These are all great questions and we set out to help answer them for students.  We spoke with Wesley Roy, the Associate Director of International Admissions at Roger Williams University to find out what he had to say about the application essay and I thought his response was very reassuring for itnernational students.

Here is a little of what he said…

When it comes to English writing skills and the essay writing piece, it’s extremely important that these essays are well written. We’re looking at grammar, punctuation. We’re looking for it to make sense. Some schools do not have remedial English programs or an English language center, but nevertheless the English really has to be up to this standard of acceptable in order for the admissions officers to feel confident that these students are going to be successful in the university setting.

The essay should be something that students spend a lot of time on. Whether it is a one-page or a two-page essay, you need to follow the instructions and the directions of that particular university. I think it’s good to have two or three essays insert in your back pocket to make sure that the universities you are applying for, the essay that’s probably the most appropriate goes to that university.

If you want to read more from Wesley or listen to his podcast check out goSwoop

Students need to be confident in themselves.  Yes English may not be your strongsuit but admissions recruiters are already aware of that.  Do the best that you can and be confident in what you are writing.  The application essay is a glimpse into your life so don’t be afraid to share what makes you unique!

Choosing the right school for you

We have been getting a lot of question from students on the goSwoop Q&A about the type of school a student should apply to based on the grades they have.  This is really a difficult question to answer because there is so much more to choosing a school than just grades.  Yes grades are an important factor but a student should think also about other factors such as location, size of the school, teacher:student ratio.

You don’t just have to take our word for it.  We spoke with an international student college counsleor Curt Nichols from the Lahore American School about it as well.  Here is some of what he had to say…a

I ask students to think about their preferences and also consider their parents’ preferences in terms of choosing a college or university. There are several preferences you need to think about.
The first and probably the most important one is location. It’s not the best thing to apply to several different countries. I think you should narrow it down to one country or two countries because there are so many colleges and universities out there with so many different kinds of curriculum.
You also have to think about whether you want to go to a big city, or a college town and also think about the weather. Don’t discount the weather. If you’re from a warm climate you need to consider if you can live in a few feet of snow.
Second, think about the program. I’ve had a lot of students who applied to colleges and universities who don’t even offer the major they’re looking for. Find the program you are looking for, find the schools that offer it and find out what the quality of that program is.
Third, think about the size of the school. I don’t just mean the size of the campus, I mean the number of students that attend. In the states, it could be anywhere from seven hundred (700) to tens of thousands of students.
You can read more about what Curt had to say by clicking here or listen to Curt’s answer in his podcast by clicking here.
Choosing a school that is the right fit for you academically, socially and financially is very important so please take some serious time and consideration in the type of institution that you would like to attend!  You can learn more about different schools by visiting the university section on goSwoop.

International Education Digest – September 24, 2008

We get so many e-mails about intenraitonal education news that we thought we would provide you links to see what is going on in the world of international education.

Today’s topics relate to recruiting students from Sri Lanka, the current state of the U.S. financial market and how that is affecting international business students looking to work in the United States after college, an opinion on using international student recruiting agencies and the state of education in South Korea.

Click on any of the links below to read more about the topic.

Sri Lanka’s top student recruiter visits the United States

USC international student seniors looking for jobs are feeling the effects of the U.S. financial market meltown

To use or not to use international student recruiting agencies

South Korean parents spending billions to educate their children abroad

$3,000 prize for International Students

As international students we have a drive to get out and see the world. I have been reading through the blogs today and came across a call for international students to participate in an ‘international student travel video contest’.

Reading through the website it looks like all an international student has to do to win is to create a video and tell your story about a proposed trip. You can read the official call for student videos here…

The grand prize of this contest is $3,000 to take a trip anywhere in the world. So if you are a student looking for another travel experience check out this contest and see if you can win.

International Students Have an Edge When Looking For a Job

As you know we truly advocate for all students around the world to have international education experiences. We know that the benefits of an international education experience go far beyond the classroom to understand how to deal with other cultures and people. Companies around the world, especially the multinationals are in dire need of students who have the ability to work cross culturally.

Take a look at this blog from Redmarketer and their thoughts on the benefits international students have regarding job opportunities after graduating college.

We hear it all the time but it has never been more apparent… the world is shrinking and our nations borders are little more than lines on a piece of paper. To be successful in today’s business environment one needs to be able to work effectively cross culturally and who better to fill those important positions than the students who lived and studied in new countries.

For those looking to gain an advantage in the corporate or job marketplace the best place to start is with an international education experience.

The College/University Admissions Process for International Students

Well it is mid-summer and if you are in high school I am sure you are thinking about where you are going to be applying to college.   I know the college application process is tedious and will take a lot of time and effort on your part but you can make it much easier on yourself by learning from others who have gone through the process before you.  I remember when I was applying to school and how I was fortunate enough to meet experienced international students who were able to tell me about the things I should be focusing on when it came to picking and applying to schools.

There are always some tricks and tips that are priceless that made me feel much more comfortable throughout the entire application process.  The best part about talking to these international students I had met was that they were able to tell me not only about how to apply but what I would like about living abroad and what might be difficult for me.  I can’t imagine going through the process again and not learning the tips and tricks that these students were able to provide me.

One international student that I have been fortunate enough to meet on goSwoop has tons of international admissions experience thanks to the fact that she worked at a US University’s admissions office.  She wanted to provide other international students on goSwoop her advice and wrote a story on goSwoop for everyone to read.  Here is a little bit of what she had to say…

Congratulations on deciding to apply to a university abroad! Many universities try to make the application process an easy one for both their domestic and international applicants. Although each university has their own distinct application procedure, most of them come down to similar requirements and prerequisites. By properly organizing these similar requirements to the allocated university and their deadlines, I guarantee that it will make application season a little less like hell and actually a little more enjoyable. Here is some background information on the important requirements that you will probably need for every university you apply to:

* Financial aid. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are granted financial aid through government agencies like FAFSA or PROFILE. Usually, colleges will require international applicants to fill out separate financial forms stating their parents net earnings, net expenditures, etc. Obtain the forms yourself and trust your parents to acquire bank statements and fill these outbut keep checking in on them so that they can meet the designated deadlines! These are required so that you can obtain your I-20 or DS-2019 to come into the U.S. Otherwise, try to apply for independent scholarships within and outside your university of choice, many features of goSwoop can connect you with specific independent scholarships, international student loans and financial aid grants.

She has written much more in her goSwoop story for you to read.  So come on in to goSwoop and see what you can learn from international students who have already gone through the international student admissions process!