When Makers Apply to College

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Who said you couldn’t go to school for Making? Inspirational.

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If you’re a maker applying to college, you should be bragging about what you make in your application. MIT’s Assistant Director of Admissions, Dr. Dawn Wendell, explains why, in this talk she gave at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013. Bottom line: When you talk about what you love to make, you’re sharing your passion, and that’s really what college admissions officers are looking for. Makers often possess desirable qualities like curiosity, problem solving, brainstorming, and other skills that aren’t necessarily learned in a normal school curriculum, so it’s important to communicate in your application what making has taught you.

A college application is a very short summary of yourself, Wendell says. At MIT, an application reader has only about 15 minutes to look at each application. So:

  • Don’t repeat yourself. Maybe one of your essays is about making, but the next one can be about how you play the…

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