Moving Boulder: Tell Us What We Don't Know
Denver Post: "If it eases any anguish, Clark Brigger said he and the other CU Boulder admissions officers are not looking for perfection in applicants’ essays." He comments: “We are not grading a paper. We are not English professors. We are looking for unique attributes — something that isn’t already presented to us in the other application details. We want some type of uniqueness that tells us this student would really lend themselves well to our learning environment and make it a more complete and diverse environment.”
"Mark Hatch of Colorado College echoed the sentiment, saying students are better off trying to present their authentic selves rather than being a 'stenographer' who can check off every extracurricular without having a real passion behind their pursuits. If students dig deep to consider what makes them tick — a travel bug, a strong connection to family, a charitable streak, an adversity they have overcome — that is more appealing than a robotic list of accomplishments done just to get into college, Hatch said."
"Admissions officers who The Denver Post spoke to admitted that scrolling through teens’ Twitter and Instagram feeds wasn’t a top priority ... But there have been occasions when CU admissions staffers get a tip to check out a particularly egregious social media post of an applicant, and that post could knock out an otherwise solid candidate if it goes against the university’s values."