As a prospective student, you put together an application; as school admissions officers, we read your application…but we admit people. Your application is a collection of materials: resume, essays, academic records, recommendations. For admissions officers, those materials are, at least at the first stage, our best proxy for the person you are. Depending on where you’re applying, there may also be interviews, where you can offer more information about yourself. Here at Rady, where teamwork and collaboration are fundamental, interviews are critical to understanding how applicants will fit in our learning community – but our first judgments about you are made from that application.
So, the best applications create a picture of a real person. Of course, there are some things (transcripts, for example) you can’t change. But you control important pieces, and the approach you take can either make you seem like a real, thoughtful person with specific knowledge of the school or like an anonymous writer cranking out something generic to be sent everywhere and accepted somewhere.