Lately we’ve been getting a lot of mail. Envelopes from places like MIT (Connor), Stanford (Shiheina), Princeton (Tenzing) and Cambridge University (Nivea) have been arriving at a regular pace.
I’d like to say that it’s just because these figured out on their own how brilliant our students are, but we did help them by writing formal letters. Students choose a college after completing career surveys and research. Then they wrote, editted, rewrote and editted again to create nearly perfect letters to send.
ONE PARAGRAPH from GAO’s ESSAY: “I am interested in Missouri State University because I would like to become a music major. Missouri State states that with music majors they give “one-on-one attention from excellent educators”. That is a big deal for me because I like to have a lot of help and guidance from those who are experienced. I would really like to share my talent with others and the Missouri State website also states that music majors get “the chance to take advantage of a variety of performing opportunities”. I would also like to enroll in Missouri State because I am interested in the sports program. In particular the women’s basketball team, since I am currently a player and plan on playing basketball throughout high school. Another reason why I would like to attend Missouri State University is because of the opportunities of various student groups, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Bear Blitz Volunteer Team. In addition, diversity is an important issue to me. One of the goals of the Missouri State Public Affairs Mission is that “students will recognize and respect multiple perspectives and cultures.” I like being able to understand and respect different cultures and I like getting others to appreciate my Hmong culture. For the reasons I stated above, Missouri State University would be a great fit for me.”
Then some colleges responded with personal letters, pennants, posters, handouts, pens and even an envelope full of lip gloss.
SAMPLE RESPONSE: Dear David, Thank you for your letter to William Mitchell College of Law dated December 18, 2012. I am glad you are pursuing a law degree after you finish high school and college . . . Your AVID class sounds like an outstanding way to prepare yourself for success in school and after graduation. The skills the class teaches, punctuality and organization, are important for success in college, as a law student and as a lawyer. Congratulations to you on your dedication and to your education . . .
I’d like to thank this growing list of colleges for their support of our students:
Augsburg College, Bemidji State University, Homerton College of Cambridge University (England), Duke University, Florida State University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, Harvard University, Indiana Wesleyan University, John Hopkins University, Juilliard, Louisiana State University, Miami University of Ohio, Minnesota State University, MIT, Minnesota School of Business, Northern Michigan University, Northwestern University, Notre Dame University, Ohio State University, University of Oregon, Parson’s The New School for Design, Princeton University, St. Catherine University, University of St. Thomas, St. Cloud University, University of North Dakota, University of Arizona, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Minnesota (Duluth), University of San Diego, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, William Mitchell College of Law