Don't know how to verify my ECs.Answered
Hi! I'm an International student from Russia.
First of all, ALL my ECs and Awards are 100% true, I don't want to lie, and I want to colleges to see ME, not some imaginery picture.
But I don't know how to verify my achievements. I don't have social media (at all), and if you google my name nothings comes out. Some of my awards even were online-recieved because of COVID, so I don't even have pictures from a ceremony.
I have diplomas, and I'm sure some of my teachers would definitely verify my ECs in recommendations, because I was very talkative at school about what I do. But I'm not sure it's enough.
Would universities think that I'm not honest with them because the can't google me? What should I do?
P.S. I think about adding some google doc with all proofs... Is it foolish?
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Hey there! One suggestion is to make sure your school counselor is fully briefed on your accomplishments. Sometimes colleges will contact your high school to verify what you've done. This is rarer in an international context (especially if there is a language barrier), but it's good practice to make sure your counselor is fully briefed.
Additionally, having your recommendation letters reemphasize your activities will be beneficial so make sure you share all that context with them before they begin writing.
Hi! As some other people have mentioned, letting your recommenders know to emphasize your ECs should be all you need. You can do this through email/Zoom call and letting them know which/all of your accomplishments you'd like to have highlighted. Also, if you want to talk to your counselor and mention your accomplishments, if a college admissions officer ever were to call there are people who know all of your ECs are completely true. You shouldn't worry about compiling proof though, your recommenders and counselor knowing should have you covered!
As far as I know, telling your counselor to mention them in your rec letter should be enough proof for the university. Colleges tend to not verify but if they ever require any sort of verification having a document specifically done for this purpose might help!
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