Working in college admissions, I'm often amazed and equally humored by the things that prospective students write in their application statements and general e-mail correspondences. I could probably put together a whole book of funny stories and excerpts from my four years in admissions. I just received the following e-mail this morning from a prospective student....
I just wanted to thank you so much for the great information session last week. I had looked at your school online, but seeing it in person was a much better experience. The Buckeye spirit is quite something!
Buckeyes? I think you mean Badgers.
And last week, I reviewed an application statement with the following excerpt.
I have seen the Dave Matthews Band live twelve times in four cities across the Midwest. This is an example of the passion and dedication I will bring to Madison.
These sorts of statements give me headaches and make me laugh. Today I also read a letter of recommendation for an applicant from the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig. Just another day in college admissions.