The wave of support and collaboration this global pandemic has set in motion within the admission profession has been inspiring to see. Colleagues in high schools and colleges are sharing resources and remaining student-centered while adjusting to the challenges at hand.

The college application process for fall 2021 has veered wildly off course for everyone, including admissions officers. Schools no longer requiring standardized testing will more evenly weight other measurable areas of the application, most notably how students answer the question, “‘What did you do with your time during the pandemic?”

Whether it’s in the admissions office, during an interview, or on your application, indicating interest in a school is essential. Business Insider explains how taking advantage of opportunities like meeting with an admissions officer or writing a “Why this school?” essay is key. Do your research, ask good questions, and demonstrate your fit for a school. Admissions officers are always taking notes!