Communicating with Colleges

teachingWhat you need to know and do
Your e-mail address, Facebook, and phone voice mail message all create impressions of who you are and how you want to be seen by the outside world.  I am sure you have seen e-mail addresses and have heard voice mail messages that are in poor taste.  Before you make your first contact with a college, make sure all of your social media impressions are professional.

  • E-mail: Some students who find their personal accounts cluttered, create an account solely for college purposes. This practice is especially good because it allows the student to immediately see those messages, often important and time sensitive, without getting lost in the other messages.  When communicating via e-mail it is just as important to proof read as it is when writing a paper. Spelling, capitalization, and grammar do count.  Never use the language of IM and texting.
  • Facebook: Regularly check your Facebook and eliminate any postings that could shed a poor light on you.
  • Phone:  Have a brief clear voice message.  Check messages and return calls promptly.  When leaving a message for someone, talk at a pace that can be understood, especially when leaving your phone number. It is a good practice to repeat the phone number, including area code.

All of your communication should come from you, not your parents. This advice includes contacting the school to make appointments or asking a question. It is important that your name and voice are remembered, not your parents.  It is important that you are developing a relationship with the college personnel and that they see that you are fully engaged in the admissions process.

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