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“CHECK THIS BOX IF YOU’RE A GOOD PERSON”

Written by Rebecca Sabky, former Director of International Admissions at Dartmouth College, this opinion piece in the New York Times shows that true kindness does not go unnoticed in the college admissions process.


Kindness
“On college applications, every so often, the kindness of a student can’t help shining through.”

2 thoughts on ““CHECK THIS BOX IF YOU’RE A GOOD PERSON”

    1. Of course! The reason I shared the original article was to acknowledge that there is more to application review than easily quantifiable traits. We want students to know that personalities and qualities they hold can be celebrated and shared with colleges. However, it’s when these traits are organic that they can aid a student’s application. (Think about the students who do some community service just to boost a resume, but show no indication they would continue doing it in college.) I imagine there will be many students who will try to cash in on kindness, but admissions officers are trained to uncover the organic versus what is done to impress. They try to figure out who the student will be on their campus, and not simply what they have done.

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