Consider your Student Perception at Your Next College Fair
If you plan to attend a college fair, there are many ways to make the most of the experience and admissions officers’ student perception of you. (Check out our blog post for a “top 5 tips” list for some ideas.) College fairs are unique opportunities to meet admissions officers and alumni face-to-face, and make connections that can be difficult to create via email. When planning a trip to a college fair, students are encouraged to consider the following question:
How will they describe you?
The representatives you meet at a college fair often report their findings to the admissions team after the event. Think of the student perception you want the admissions officers to have of you from the colleges that you are interested in. Research shows that during the first few seconds of meeting someone new, people form a lasting impression based largely on physical appearance. Because of this, college fair attendees should consider their student perception by college representatives based on what they wear to a college fair. Dr. Paige Morabito, Director of Education at Laurel Springs School, said that students may want to think about “what type of lasting impression they want to leave, because there is so much more to an individual than what meets the eye.” When students are thoughtful about their physical appearance, it can be easier for college representatives to focus more on what students say, instead of how they look.
For a lighter look at this topic, visit our Pinterest board, “What Not to Wear to College Fairs,” which features examples of ways that students can consider how they want to be perceived by college representatives.