Clayton Johnston | January 13, 2011
First impressions are important. They are obviously not the’ be all and end all’, but they do register with admissions folks. I thought I would share a quick hint with everyone.
Admissions people meet new students every day. We love to meet prospective students, that’s why we work in Admissions. We expect students to be nervous and a little anxious about their visit. So if you are a little shaky, you are only like every other student we meet each day. Don’t worry about it, it’s only natural.
Here is a simple hint for a first impression (you would be surprised on how many prospective students don’t do this!): what always gives me a positive first impression of a prospective student is if they immediately stand up, look me in the eye, and shake my hand firmly when I walk into the room. Not sure why this impresses me so much, but it always makes me think that this student was well brought up, is keen to be there, has some semblance of confidence and manners, and is eager to make a good first impression.
The motion of standing, the eye contact, and the firm handshake: three simple gestures. If you can muster these, the rest should fall into place nicely. Good luck!
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