19 April 2007

I'm not what you're looking for

These aren't the droids you're looking for.
In talking to people as art of recruitment, it's interesting to hear the occasional student saying, "But I'm not..." and list some perceived fault. Not a 4.0 GPA student. Not a pre-med. Not enough experience. Not smart enough. Not tall enough. Not enough time. Not enough money. Not a Bio major (that one came in literally as I was typing this entry up).

Our biggest challenge is to get students to stop taking themselves out of the pool.

Every application is a collection of pluses and minuses. Students look at their minuses, and think they have no pluses. Or that the competition they picture in their imagination has no minuses. To any student reading: That applicant you have in your mind that you think you're competing against? Does. Not. Exist.

So you're not a perfect student. Does that mean you're not even going to try?

Seriously, you can't know what we're looking for. Often, we can barely articulate that ourselves...

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