The Wall Street Journal reports that competition for acceptance in elite institutions is growing fiercely competitive — even for dogs. Applications of up to eight pages are doggone essential at Wagville, a select Los Angeles facility. Admissions staff at Camp Bow Wow in New York, on the other coast, carefully read three-page applications for their prospective charges, sniffing for clues about a canine’s people skills, including their finesse in group dynamics, and how they have handled challenging situations (perhaps with the postal carrier). A Maltese named Cannoli (who didn’t weigh much more than a cannoli) made the cut at Camp Bow Wow after a lengthy “interview.” Poor Henry, on the other hand, was rejected from another doggy day care, mostly due to his failure to be a team player. Fortunately, Henry found a place in a lower-ranked institute, provided he enroll in remedial obedience training. Can wait-lists be far behind?
As you approach application season, don’t end up with your tail between your legs. At Accepted.com, we may not be able to help your four-legged companions ace their interviews, but we do promise to help you plan and write your applications so that you appear to fullest advantage: a leader who is not too aggressive nor too passive, and certainly one who never growls at the postal carrier.
By Judy Gruen, award-winning author and application essay editor since 1996. Judy is available to help you tell your story and reveal your shining attributes.
Photo credit: mikebaird