Technology is changing our world- and not just the way we spend our free time. Educational institutions are adapting quickly to keep up with technological advances. Some high schoolers take “twizzes” (quizzes on Twitter), complete online discussion boards, and read from iPads instead of textbooks. And now, the college application process is evolving as well!
Just five years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find an application that called for anything other than the standard essay question or personal statement. Now, however, potential applicants are asked to create slideshows, blogs, and videos in order to showcase their talents to admissions committees. James Werner, the Vice President of Higher Education at DecisionDesk.com, finds this a welcome trend. “We live in a technology-driven, interactive world,” says Werner. “If students want to demonstrate their value and if universities want to admit better “fits,” they are both well served by using this readily available technology.”
Take, for example, the project that Caroline Campell (a GLA Ghana alum) was asked to complete for a prestigious scholarship at Tulane University. The assignment was to highlight an issue “of huge personal importance” with a multimedia presentation. Fortunately, Caroline was able to reflect on her life-changing experiences in Ghana, and she created an incredible video highlighting the time she spent at Father’s House. Her video fused creative writing, powerful imagery, and reflection on an issue that she has held close to her heart since her experience in Ghana – – and the scholarship committee loved it.
See Caroline’s inspirational video here.