Colleges don’t understand cyber school.
It’s a very new concept to many colleges who still hold very traditional values. Many of them have been around for over a hundred years, so I guess you can’t really blame them for sticking to what they know.
Colleges also tend to balk at the idea of cyber school because there are some nasty rumors about their curriculum and the students. Many cyber schools have the reputation of being a place where delinquents and pregnant teenagers go when they have no other choice. Well while this isn’t completely true, there is sadly some truth to this.
For many students cyber school is a last resort after they fail out of school or if an unexpected circumstance comes up that requires flexibility. For other students it is a way to do work more independently and on their own schedule. The kids who have the second outlook on cyber school tend to be very self-motivated and hard workers who care about their educations.
Sadly most colleges are too preoccupied with the first types of students to see through to the really good students. This is why cyber school students especially have to prove themselves to colleges.
How do you prove yourself?
There are a lot of different things you can do, but the main point is to show leadership, an ability to work with others, the ability to work in a classroom setting and a good amount of community projects. All of these qualities are ones that cyber schooled students are assumed not to possess.
So a couple of things you can do to show leadership is be the captain of a team, lead a younger class in maybe a church group or an after school club in your school district. There are ways to get involved with school districts and clubs even if you don’t actually go to the school. Basically any type of formal activity that you can lead or have some part in running will be enough to show colleges of your quality of leadership.
Just a note of warning though, don’t only rely on one activity that shows leadership. You may get into a few colleges, but if you want to be sure that they will see your leadership you will want to have a few activities to write down. The amount also depends on how big and how time consuming some of the leadership activities are.
Next you must show the ability to work with others. This can easily tie into your leadership activities if they are done with other people. They mainly want reassurance that you aren’t one of those students that spends their life tucked in their rooms with video games because they have very little people skills. If you can get that point across by showing them a bunch of different group activities you participate in, then you can check this point off of your list!
The ability to work in a classroom setting is hard to get across if you do school online because it’s very different to what you’re used to. Remember this only applies to students not trying to get in online colleges.
If you have ever taken an SAT course in a classroom or other courses with that type of setting, you should be okay. If you were in a brick and mortar school before cyber school they may be cautious as to why you stopped learning in that environment, and they could be weary. This is just how it is for cyber school students, though, and an obstacle that you have to face when going to a college.
The last one goes along with all of the others. It is put there to weed out the unsocialized, “keep to themselves” kids from the socialized, healthy kids. Basically if you have a few activities or events in your community that you attend or help out with, the college should be able to see that you are social.
So to conclude, many colleges have slight prejudices against cyber school kids because they have bad reputations and because they don’t understand them yet. Therefore cyber school students hoping to get into a college must prove themselves through activities that show off leadership, the ability to work in groups, the ability to learn in a classroom setting and an active social life.
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