Appearances aren't everything.

(Unless you are trying to impress a college admissions officer).

Here are two things to know about getting into college or getting a job:

1. You will be googled.

College admissions officers and potential employers are likely to google you. Changing your name to hide your Facebook profile is not enough. Take charge of your online presence, and make sure they find something positive.

 

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2. What they are looking for.

Colleges are looking for more than just grades and test scores. They are also looking for students who are dedicated to making a difference. Don't just take our word for it. See the quotes below.

 

Yale

"Selecting future Yale students was a combination of looking for those who would make the most of the extraordinary resources assembled here...and those with an outstanding public motivation - in other words, applicants with a concern for something larger than themselves."

Kingman Brewster
Former President

See what colleges say about the importance of making a difference

Harvard

“Test scores and grades offer some indication of students' academic promise and achievement. But we also scrutinize applications for extracurricular distinction and personal qualities."

William R. Fitzsimmons
              Dean of Admissions

MIT

"Nineteen percent of students entering MIT in 1977 reported being involved with some type of community service project or civic group. In the current freshman class, that number rises to 93%."

Stuart Schmill
                        Dean of Admissions

UCLA

"The goal of the campus' admissions review process is to single out from a large and growing pool of academically strong applicants those unique individuals who have demonstrated the intellectual curiosity, tenacity and commitment to community service expected of the UCLA graduate."

  UCLA Admission Website

Columbia University

"The student's record of participation in the life of his or her school and community is also important..."

"What Does Columbia Look For?"
Columbia University Admissions Website

NYU

"Each applicant's record is. . . evaluated for participation in extracurricular and community services, in addition to scholarly pursuits. . . Participation in meaningful school and community activities is an important factor."

Article: “Admission”
Publication: NYU website

Let's do this right now. Ten minutes should do the trick.

Let's make sure they see something impressive when they Google you.

 

Your charitable Wish List and Profile Page on ChangingThePresent.org will:

 

  • highlight your dedication to making the world a better place: your favorite causes and nonprofits, your volunteering, community service, fundraising, and other philanthropic activities.
  • let you showcase whatever else you want to be known for. Academics, extracurriculars, athletics? Student organizations, clubs, and teams? Of course. Your Linkedin, MaxPreps, Behance, or other online presence? Yes, that, too.

 

There is no easier way to improve your online presence and make a great impression.

 

 

About ChangingThePresent.org

The New York Times called our nonprofit an “Amazon.com of the nonprofit world.” Here is what we do:

 

The Problem We Address

No matter what causes you care about, nonprofits simply do not have enough funding for their important work.

 

An Untapped Resource

Meanwhile, Americans spend $450 billion a year on birthday, wedding, and holiday presents. Some are great gifts. Many, however, are not very rewarding.

 

The Solution

We help nonprofits capture some of that fortune.

 

When you make a donation in a friend's name, we make the experience feel like a memorable gift and a nice alternative to buying yet more "stuff." We do this by:

 

  • Making the gift tangible. You can make a donation to preserve an acre of the rainforest, fund an hour of cancer research, provide books for children, or restore a blind person's eyesight with cataract surgery. These are just a few of the thousands of gifts that matter.
  • We let you send a personalized, printed greeting card to make your donation gift more meaningful.
  • We let you create a Wish List and Registries to show what you care about.
  • Through our gift cards, you can let your friends support whatever they care about.

Make the World a Better Place and Get the Recognition You Deserve

Imagine the impact we can make together as more and more people adopt this more meaningful type of giving. Your wish list and profile page raise awareness and encourage this, while also improving your own online presence and reputation.

 

Safe water

Feed a child

An acre of wilderness

Stop sexual abuse

Shelter animals

Here is what your Wish List and Profile Page will look like:

Your Charitable Wish List

Your wish list will show the charitable gifts you care about and would welcome.

Your Profile Page

Your profile page will show more about your activities and values.

Three Easy Steps . . .

We make it easy!

 

1. Join the site, and create your wish list. Add the charitable gifts you care about. If you do not see your favorite nonprofits, just let us know, and we will invite them.

 

2. Create your profile page.

 

3. Encourage friends to do the same.