Demonstrating Interest Virtually
You’ve already heard that “demonstrating interest” can be a significant factor in college admissions. But, you’re 5000 miles away, and don’t have plans to take a trip back to the US to tour schools any time in the next year. So how do you demonstrate interest?
I talked about this in a previous post, and my basic advice is to write directed questions to your admissions officer. Ask them something that isn’t immediately available on their website. Maybe something particular to life as a TCK on campus, or about the details of how frequently particular courses might be available in your intended major. Whatever you’d ask on a tour. You should also attend any visits by the university to your high school, and attend their virtual informational webinars.
There are a couple of other less expected ways that colleges track “demonstrated interest” that are even easier from far away though.
Open that email!
E-mail delivery systems will track your engagement with the emails sent to you by the school. Every time you open the email, it registers that on the university’s engagement trackers. If you click through their links to something on their webpage, it will record that as well. So, even if your dream university’s news about an art installation by their basket-weaving major isn’t fascinating to you, if it’s your dream university click through anyway and get your clicks recorded.
You should definitely follow the university on Facebook, Instagram, and whatever other social media networks you belong to. Make sure the account you’re following them from is one you’d want them to see though, because they’ll click back to your profile if you’re an applicant and check out how you portray yourself online.