Writing a college application is an interesting process. The college application is a place where it is okay to constantly go on about your accomplishments. Whether someone got all A’s, was the best athlete on the team, or does many extracurricular activities, that person is not going to hesitate to mention those things on their college application.
Most people stop going in detail about themselves after the college application process. There are some mentions about your extracurricular activities, grades, or sports once in a while. However, these credentials lose their effect as they get pushed to the back of other people’s minds. By no means am I saying it is bad to get good grades, do sports, or extracurricular activities. Instead, I am saying that you should prevent those things from getting pushed to the back of other people’s minds.
Just take a look at Jeff Bullas’ Twitter account. In less than 160 characters, you will immediately learn that he is on the Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers 2013 List and the Huffington Post Top 100 Business Twitter Accounts. On his blog, you can see the “Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers” picture on the blog’s sidebar with the link to the Forbes article. Let’s not forget that Jeff Bullas has a list of all of his achievements with links in his bio.
Jeff Bullas is by no means the only person who tells people about his accomplishments. Kim Garst is another person who mentions her achievements many times. You will learn about some of her achievements in less than 160 characters, or you can go to her website where she displays two of her big achievements right away.
Jeff Bullas, Kim Garst, and thousands of other constantly show people their achievements through social media profiles, blogs, and bios. If these people decided to mention an accomplishment in 1 blog post, that blog post would be forgotten. However, by seeing the sidebar, looking at the 160 character Twitter bio, and reading the full bios on their blogs, we are unable to forget these people’s achievements. This strategy allows some people to turn a short burst of credibility into something that sticks around forever.
Few people see how the design of a college application is very important even after completing the application and graduating college. The college application is designed to tell people about all of your achievements. By telling people about your achievements in the real world, you will get the college application effect: people remembering you until the next remarkable college application comes along. By telling people and having that picture on the sidebar or something in your bio that mentions your achievements, people will remember you long after you submitted your application.
What are your achievements, and do enough people know about them?