Top 6 Ludicrous Tricks for Getting into College
By Andra Lim
How far will Southern California students go, and how creative will they get, to attract the attention of a university admissions office in a viciously competitive market made worse by the fear of unemployment that grips anyone aged 16 to 26?
The old joke is the student who sent a shoe to the office of admissions with a note chirping: "This is my way of getting my foot in the door." These cheesy pickups do not work on admissions officers. But college applicants still morph from dedicated to desperate every year. The Six Top College Admission Tricks:
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1. Cardboard Cutouts
A girl sent highly selective USC a life-size photographed cardboard cutout of herself wearing a Trojan outfit. One hand formed the USC fight-on sign (like a peace sign), and the other held application papers. USC's cross-town rival likes to joke that a Trojan is good only once. But her (probably failed) effort had staying power. Kirk Brennan, the school's director of admission, still has the cutout in his office.