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Adventures in Recruiting XIII: A Short(-ish) rant on CAPITAL letters

 Written by    July 29, 2015

Here’s something I believe:

A college application should demonstrate aspirations of college level coursework.




Here’s the thing, you might think my comment above is in reference to the essay.

It’s not.

I wish it was about the essay!

The essay would at least mean I made it to the end of the application!

No, I’m talking about a student writing their name and address on the application. Aspirations to college level coursework in this context would be using this button/key:

Here’s the Wikipedia article on the shift key.

I’ll just wait over here while you read the article.

Ok, done?


I’m now going to assume everyone is aware that the shift key may be used to CAPITALIZE LETTERS.

(Before I get too far into my rant I do want to mention that using proper capitalization and grammar is only a problem for about 1% of the applicants, but that 1% induces a lot of Rob Rage.)

The problem starts when I look at the application and the applicant essentially wrote in his or her information like this:



A college application should demonstrate aspirations of college-level coursework.

The lack of capitalization for proper nouns just blows my mind every time I see it on an application. I always take it as the applicant showing a lack of foresight in how they are presenting themselves to an academic institution.

I truly have a difficult time in finding the right words to express my dismay in how some applicants write words.

How I feel on the inside when an applicant does not use proper capitalization.

And I get that some names don’t have the first letter capitalized. I don’t think the same holds true though for the street address or city.

At the point in time that a person is applying to a post-secondary educational institution it seems silly to point them to a poster like this:



I could keep ranting about this issue for much longer, but I imagine I’m getting my point across.

And my ultimate struggle is probably this: the students applying are ultimately responsible for the work they submit, but what does it say about the cultural or educational capital that student hasย built up to this point in their lives that they don’t think about how their work reflects back on them.

There are larger deeper issues that have gotten the student to this point and one that’s a little bit deeper than what I want to get into with this blog post.

Ultimately what I want to get across is for any student filling out a college application to think about this:

A college application should demonstrate aspirations of college-level coursework and that starts with using proper capitalizationย on the application.



Eagle: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html
Shift: http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2015-01-03_12-16-27.png
Scrubs: http://i.giphy.com/QrQJeDeOZJLtm.gif
Conan Hulk: http://giphy.com/gifs/angry-conan-obrien-hulk-VTyrKrgJ13jk4
Rose: http://giphy.com/gifs/disney-rose-walt-PPSQh8IzfI7fi
Capital Letters: http://timepassages.pbworks.com/w/page/33100916/
Name: Screen capture from the Common App https://www.commonapp.org/Login


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