Volume 9, Issue 9
If you are not familiar with the term in regard to college students, a Co-Op (or Cooperative program) is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. It’s a great way to make the school-to-work transition. Co-ops and robust career service centers at colleges and universities help students to gain valuable work experience while still in school, preparing them for a competitive job market upon graduation.
When admissions officers are evaluating applicants, they are looking at two categories: the “hard factors” like grades, test scores, GPA; essentially anything that’s quantitative, and the “soft factors,” or qualitative elements like essays, extra curricular activities, demonstrated interest, and recommendation letters.
As a junior at Beverly Hills High School, I vividly remember spring vacation back east with my father to tour a handful of liberal arts colleges that piqued my interest in the New York and Boston area. I walked each campus with the wide-eyed enthusiasm of a toddler eager to soak up the local flavor, get an up-close and personal look at the student body, peruse the dorms, sample the college cooking, and envision myself in each setting.