It’s important to visit the colleges to which one intends to apply. Our nation’s most highly selective colleges measure Demonstrated Interest; they seek to admit students who they believe will actually choose to matriculate. And why? Because their yield matters to them. Who wants to admit 2,000 students only to learn that 1,950 of these students chose to attend another institution. That wouldn’t look so good, would it? In addition to improving a student’s case for admission, touring colleges can also make students better informed on the college they most wish to attend. But that’s not all. Do you know what else can happen on a college tour?
A College Tour Essentially Marks Google’s Inception
You could meet your co-founder. Did you know that Sergey Brin met Larry Page on a campus tour of Stanford University — before either of them enrolled at the school? Of course, Brin and Page would go on to co-found a little company called Google that would revolutionize, well, everything. As the story goes, Brin and Page didn’t exactly get along too well upon their initial encounters but they ended up getting along better later. And then they’d go off to change the world.
So next time you’re on a college tour, in between checking out the library stacks and seeing if students on campus are smiling or frowning, have a look at who happens to be on your tour with you. It just might be your future co-founder. And together, you just might change the world.
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