作者：LHM中国区教学总监 Jonathan Haagen
Allen先生坦言，美国大学的教务人员工作严重超负荷，他们要在近3000份申请者中筛选录取，所以他们几乎不看学生的自我展示材料。事实上，正如Grinnell学校的国际部负责人Jonathan C. Edwards所说的，这些材料最终都会被丢进垃圾桶。
For several years now, American university officials have been commenting on an application trend coming out of China. In addition to SATs, Grades and Essays, students from the mainland have sent along professionally-produced brochures that catalogue their greatest accomplishments. These portfolios, called “brag sheets” often include glossy, multi-colored pictures, and long detailed descriptions of the students’ thoughts, feelings, creative pursuits, awards and prizes.
At first glance, it may seem that assembling a brag sheet is not just a smart idea, but a necessity. After all, nearly all high-level Chinese applicants achieve a good score on the SAT, and American universities place less emphasis on Chinese grades since it is harder to determine how they translate to university ability in the United States. It would seem, therefore, that universities might use these publications to make more informed decisions about the applicants from China – especially at small liberal arts schools like Grinnell where only 15 Chinese students are accepted from over 200 applicants.
However, it appears that brag sheets have almost no effect on university decisions. That is because university officials are unlikely to even read the brag sheets. “The next stop for the brochures is the recycling bin,” Jonathan Edwards, coordinator of international admission at Grinnell told the New York Times.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t compile one. You might catch a university admissions officer on a good day and he or she may give your brochure some extra attention. That said, students should understand that their emphasis should be placed on the essays and the SAT more than supplementary materials that the university may not even consider.
Mr. Allen said that few would actually be read by the overworked admissions officers as they plowed through nearly 3,000 applications over all. In fact, the next stop for the brochures, said Jonathan C. Edwards, Grinnell’s coordinator of international admission, would be the recycling bin.