Let’s say you are a junior in high school and besides paying attention to what’s going on at the front of the classroom, you can’t help but notice the one person who sits just to your left that you have wanted to ask out on a date for a while. You’ve said “Hi” to them before in passing or may have asked to borrow a pencil, but how do they know that you really like them? What do most people do when they want to get to know someone and find out what they are like outside of the confines of school? You ask them out on a date, right?! Good job! What you have just done is called “demonstrating interest.”
So how does this relate to college? Well think about this. You plan on applying to 10 colleges but there are only 2 or 3 that you really hope you get into, they are your top choices. But to those 2 or 3 schools, you haven’t done anything different to show your enthusiasm or desire to go there. Colleges want to accept students that have dreamed about it and are excited to get the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and be an active student at their institution. This is where the importance of Demonstrating Interest comes in to play.