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“Being able to see something on the resume that has actually evolved over time and helped the person into a better individual as opposed to having 10 to 15 on their resume, I think that the former is way more valuable than the other.”

— Jerilyn, Harvard admissions interviewer  

“…only keep one set of eyes on your personal statement, whether it’s Northwestern or anyone else.”

— Justin, Northwestern admissions director  

“There are still students now who think that they could get a spot off the waiting list, even though it’s like beyond statistically unlikely.”

— Deborah, Carnegie Mellon admissions director  

“I read her essay and I told her, ‘Your essay is horrible. You have about a paragraph and you’re not saying why you’re interested in University of Michigan.'”

— Bryan, UMich admissions director  

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Attending virtual events counts as demonstrated interest, says Biola admissions officer

"The biggest challenge is just getting students to show up virtually to college fairs and to be present online. I think some students are proactive about getting out there and showing up to these virtual fairs, but coming in person is so different," says Deborah Kwak, admissions officer at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. In this week's interview, we discuss the increasingly important "demonstrated interest" in admissions and how to navigate that during pandemic times. With cancelled school tours and college fairs, will attendance at virtual events and quick responses to emails become the primary benchmarks of your desire to attend?

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