We now had a clear picture of what Chloe's goals were, what her strengths were and were tasked with presenting all this information in a clear manner that was persuasive yet honest and compelling without overstating (or understating) Chloe's abilities.
We knew the personal statement needed to cover:
Future academic interests
Current athletic abilities
Achievements in both areas
But most of all, it needed to sum CHLOE up WHILE showing her unique personality! Sounds like a piece of cake, doesn’t it? 😳 (Can you say deer in the headlights?)
Me being me I began looking at differnet options, layouts, mediums of communication and crossed my fingers 🤞for a dare-to-be-great solution. Honestly, I was somewhat... underwhelmed. Nothing seemed to be quite right. Either too many words, too many pictures or not enough movement or flow to the overall layout. Right away I vetoed both scrapbooks and power points, but I knew I was looking for something that sort of combined the two - and I found it in Prezi! It was business enough to be professional and fun enough to be - well, to be Chloe. I suspect her professional image will always strike a balance between conservative and fun, so Prezi is just perfect! 😉
Chloe chose her own layout and we wove together what we wanted to see on the screen, but we needed help to complete the design so we retained Edward Karl from Prezibase to create the presentation we were looking for.
We’d LOVE to share this with the world, BUT it contains a song that’s copyrighted. At the time of this writing we have written to Miley Cyrus, her agent, and anyone else we can find that will give us permission to share the original version. We have also had a close friend volunteer to re-record the song for our use but until we’re sure of the legalities we are going to hold off. What we will will share are a couple of screen shots so that you can see the overall look of the presentation.
I do not believe that Prezi is the only acceptable medium, I just think it’s what worked well for Chloe. Because every student is different, every personal statement is different. I think in the end it’s up to what your student wants to share about themselves AND their dreams. Don’t be afraid to talk about what’s next or what you’re hopeful for — Chloe’s dreams and ideas are already helping her team at Vanderbilt support her more fully and help her choose classes, activities and internships that she’ll enjoy AND excel in!
P.S. In case your wondering just WHERE the hashtag #vandysnewestfreshman came from — check out this last slide!