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Why Your Personal Brand MattersWhy is it important for colleges to know who you are, and what your brand is? College admissions committees will be looking at your application for several things – overall professionalism and presentation, self-awareness and a demonstration of it, as well as your academic, extra-curricular, and volunteer-focused involvement. Your personal brand relates to all of these things.
What is Your Personal Brand
- Who are you? What motivates you to be who you are? What are five words that describe you best?
- What is your story? What parts of your life are you comfortable sharing? What are personal challenges that you feel others will learn and benefit from? Did you overcome testing anxiety or being away from your family for four weeks a summer at camp?
- What do you stand for? Are you engaged in activities that are focused on your values? Are you volunteering for a social justice cause that’s important to you at your high school or with your local community? Even at your high school, are you getting to know students who may not share the same background as you?
- What are your goals for this year? For example, are you interested in participating your church’s mission trip and fundraising half of the associated costs? Are you intrigued by the possibility of starting your own business or side hustle with the modern calligraphy lettering you enjoy?
Social Media: A Reflection of Your Personal Brand
Do the following with regard to social media:
- Step One: Clean Up – How are you perceived to others? What is not appropriate on your social media account right now?
- Step Two: Keep It Positive – Does your social media account promote your work and interests? Presence/reputation in the community – What are you known for? Where are your circles focused?
- Step Three: Be Strategic – Do you follow or like organizations or interests?
- Step Four: Engage and Research – Do you follow or like mentors or points of inspiration?
In my professional network today, though, my personal brand is being recognized as a diligent and conscientious professional who genuinely cares about others.That is what I continue to strive for each day and that’s what I would encourage you to keep in mind as well during your senior year. Be you and keep it real.