My wife returned recently from a college exploration trip with our son to Michigan Tech in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As our family works our way past the mid point of our college visits, here is one fact that amazes me. Most kids dress like slobs when they visit colleges, and don't show much respect for college officials. Let me explain ...
The college admissions process is competitive, particularly for scholarship dollars. Thus, my wife and I have insisted that each of children wear nice clothes ... and no sneakers, during their visits and meetings with the various colleges. However, most of the other children arrive wearing blue jeans, shorts, t-shirts, and worse. Given that the admissions staff, and professors, are often in coats and ties, shouldn't it be obvious that one should show respect, and be well dressed in return?
I've noticed that the treatment our family receives on visits is often better than other families. I wonder why? Is it because we respect the process. Given Erik's background, he will get into most schools to which he applies, but I have to believe our attitude towards these visits will help in the pursuit of scholarship dollars.
In closing, it is almost comical how many times I've seen kids wear college sweat shirts from "other schools" while on an admissions visit. While at Purdue University, one boy showed up wearing a Notre Dame sweat shirt!