Continuing from the last blog post… (2 sections today)
Have you ever written down (whether on paper or typed) your dreams for your student/child? Here’s your chance! We’ll get to that in just a sec….
Brand U offers parents and students a fun and rewarding collaboration that will help students maximize their college experience and enter the real world with poise and momentum.
We begin this collaboration by exploring what your hopes and intentions are for the journey ahead. Take the time to express to your hopes for your child, and listen closely to what your child envisions, observing ways you can lend support.
The Exercise: Hopes & Intentions (30 minutes)
Goal: To explore your hopes and intentions for the journey your child will take into adulthood.
Instructions: Write all your hopes and dreams for your student, for college, and after college. How do you imagine your child leading a happy and fulfilled life in the decades to come? Write whatever comes to mind.
Have you thought about sharing this with your student/child? How did they respond?
Have you asked them if they’ve written down theirs yet? Did they share them with you?
(excerpt from BRAND U) Think Like An Admissions Officer – Uniqueness
You’re an admissions officer at a major university. For three very intense months, you spend somewhere between six and twelve hours each day reading applications—hundreds of them—from nice, well-meaning kids, and you have somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes to decide their fate.
In that time, you have to figure out who the student is, what makes her special, and what unique value she can o er the university. Unfortunately, as you flip through the files, you find the same molds repeating themselves, an endless succession of honors students and varsity athletes, math club members and science team leaders, all with good track records, but with little to help you distinguish what’s special.
Your vision blurs. You yawn, stretch, and toss another file into the 50/50 pile.
You reach for another, wondering how much more you can take, when suddenly, you wake from your stupor, reading about a student with unique promise—an unusual combination of passion and talent who has constructed a rock-solid picture of who she is, what she loves, and what she wants out of life.
Her unique experience will add value to your university in ways that no other student can, and her knowledge about your school proves how vested she is in creating her future. You feel a tingling, a thrill of pride as you place her in the acceptance pile, giving her a springboard into a promising future.
It’s moments like these that make the job worthwhile.
Thanks for tuning in!
Next time we move onto Part 2 from the BRAND U book – ”LOCATING SPARKS: Value and Uniqueness”