Want to jump-start your college interview?
Bring Photos. Why?
- Photos can be great conversation starters.
- Imagine being able to say, “I’ve got some pictures of the play I starred in.” The conversation is off and running.
- Sharing photos can put you at ease.
- Are you on the shy side? Pull out your photos. It will relax the conversation right away.
- Photos help when something’s hard to explain.
- One of my students from Wilton, Connecticut, starred in a lot of plays. Instead of trying to describe the roles he played, he brought photos. The photos filled in the details so he didn’t have to describe each role, plus they showed him doing what he loved.
What kind of photos should you bring?
- Anything visual. If you’ve been in a dance recital, concert, or marching band—if you’ve built a tree house, gone with your sports team to the state championship, or just come back from an experience you want to share—almost anything you’ve done can be a shared in a photo.
Avoid These Photo Pitfalls:
- Too many photos! Edit your photos before you share them. Don’t bring a dozen when two or three will do.
- Don’t make your interviewer wait while you thumb through a hundred photos. Find the photos you need beforehand. The object is to get the conversation started, not bring it to a grinding halt.
Above All: Everything you bring should represent you at your best. If you think a photo is too goofy, silly, or perhaps even inappropriate for an interviewer, don’t bring it. If you’re not sure, ask an adult.
Then share your photos and enjoy the conversation.
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Sharon Epstein is owner of First Impressions College Consulting in Redding, Connecticut. A Writers Guild Award-winner and two-time Emmy Award nominee, Sharon lectures extensively on essay writing. Sharon teaches students how to master interview skills, write killer resumes, and transform their goals, dreams and experiences into memorable college application essays. She works with students everywhere: in-person, by phone, Skype and email. Visit her website for more info. Connect on Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.