The answer for the first is always the same, "It depends your definition of success. If you are ok with being mediocre or blending in then no, if your student wants to stand out...yes!", I say. As for the second- I explain...
DOV Sound is Leading the Way in Student Portfolio's
Keep in mind student portfolio's are still very new to the scene so by default they give students a competitive advantage. To top it off, there are very few companies nationwide, that specialize in building student portfolio's. DOV Sound is not only leading the way in this market but having great success in doing so. Why? Because we take the time to get to know each student we work with. The goal is always to honestly and accurately build a portfolio that best represents the students personality, personality, and character. We want to showcase each student's maximum potential to college admission departments and future employers.
DOV Sound Student Portfolio's have Unlimited Sharing Potential
While, there are a handful of colleges that allow students to build a portfolio through an internal network, students are still limited to only those college's viewing the portfolio. We flip that all around- DOV Sound portfolios allow students unlimited sharing potential. For example, DOV Sound portfolio's can be used for college admissions, scholarship applications, employment opportunities, auditions, etc.
We do not believe in blending in or living under the radar. We believe every person, every student, has the potential to be great and has a purpose to fulfill. It is our job to help students tap into their greatness and create a portfolio that showcases areas grades and test scores can not.
Some people cave, some people rise...Some people break, some people perform...how can handling the pressures of life help you build a brand?
Being a perfectionist and a dreamer my challenge was never thinking big. I also handle a lot of pressure really well. In fact, I joke and say I was made to be a wedding planner or an emergency room surgeon because I am great in a crisis. To tell the truth, a crisis may be my forte but daily pressure I have to work at managing, like REALLY work at it.
I spend a lot of my time listening, reviewing, and examining the communication of the 30 and under crowd. It is not hard, all you have to do is turn on YouTube or walk into a Starbucks during finals week and you will hear the open opinions of our youth. Ina ll of this, I have noticed two things:
1) Our society is confident on the surface, we want to fit in and struggle with the need to stand out
2) Our society is creative & has big expectations.
The upside- the desire to create change and the willingness to speak out. The downside you might ask? Depression. Anxiety. Insecurity. The Need for Approval. With the rise in over-night super celebrity You-Tube Stardom and access to so much mixed information, we've kind of created a world of followers wanting to lead but not knowing how. What do I mean? We have millions of Likes, Tweets, Shares, Status Updates that only replicate what was posted the day before.
So how do we take confidence deeper than surface level? How do we encourage creativity and propel our expectations into action? We learn to lead and we learn to lead by learning to handle pressure. Sudhakar I. Prabu, Director at TPMC, Specialist in Leadership Sudhakar Prabu, Specialist in Leadership at TPMC, says "One of the factors that differentiate great leaders from the rest is their ability to cope with pressure, thrive under pressure, and lead people in high-pressure situations. Leaders who thrive under pressure use pressure as a catalyst to bring out the best in one’s self and in others around them." (1)
Pressure starts young and can come in many forms. It can come from struggling with homework or high expectations at work. It can come in the form of a tough boss or an unfair teacher. Dealing with pressure is not about cowering down and giving in but learning how to rise up and use the challenge, the person, or the situation to make us stronger. Some final tips for better handling pressure and building your brand in the process:
(1) Resources: Sudhakar I.Prabu, Director at TPMC,
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Being Female Strong means our strength is exemplified by heat, it means we are softened and shaped without the fear of ever breaking."
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I can not tell you the number of conversations I've had with parents about the importance of character during the college application process. In fact, it is one of the key areas we focus on when helping student build a CollegE-PASS admission portfolio. Why? Because it matters! More than most think, and especially if you are an athlete or plan on applying to any high profile major or program.
At a recent sports ID camp I attended with my daughter, Division 1 coaches took an hour to discuss the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) recruiting process for athletes. Of that hour, over twenty minutes was spent discussing... you've got it...CHARACTER! On social media, in the classroom, and in the community-Emphasizing the point to these young hopefuls that skill may get you noticed but so will poor behavior, and in many cases get them removed from the roster. Instead of becoming an asset to the school, students with questionable character now become a major risk.
Over the last few years DOV Sound has noticed a shift, for the better, when developing CollegE-Pass portfolios. We noticed colleges were not only wanting to see test scores and GPA's but they were also interested in the character of students. Did the student give back to the community, support his or her peers, give quality time to make an impact and not just join everything imaginable to fill a resume? Come to find out in 2011, a counsel of higher education professionals met at USC to help re-shape the admission process. Those in attendance recognized, that on the current track, the college admission process was headed for a negative turn. Lloyd Thacker, founder and executive director of the Education Conservancy said, "Far too many students are learning to do whatever it takes to get ahead—even if that means sacrificing individuality, health, happiness, ethical principles, and behavior.” (1)
“In light of all that’s being expected of kids, academically and extracurricularly, how do we still make sure that they still develop these very important human skills so that they can be citizens of the world?”- Rod Skinner, faculty member for Harvard’s Summer Institute on College Admissions
Hmmm...I wonder where they could have learned this behavior from? With the recent admission scandal, clearly, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin didn't get the memo. Apparently a few people from USC missed it as well. That said, there is good that came from all of this, It shows that character matters and it never pays to cheat!
Admittedly, there is still a long way to go. That said, including character and community as important elements of the college admission process is a great place to start.
In the mean time, parents, let's be the example and teach our children to have standards, to value others, and critically think about what we say and do. This will only set our kids up for success in college and in life. Henry Ward Beecher said it best. "“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.”
(1) What Values Really Matter in the College Application Process- The Atlantic
www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/03/college-admissions-narcissists/475722/Where College Admissions Went Wrong
CollegE-PASS student portfolios are designed to bring out the best in each student- combining Academic, Athletic, and Extracurricular success with positive character and community accomplishments.
We live in a world where standards have been compromised- in music, in character, in relationships, in the quality of how we live...and the list goes on.
We.Rise is a space created to provide readers, listeners and viewers, content that will question the norm and inspire each of us to be better than the day before. DOV Sound is not about conforming but raising the bar. WE are about creating a culture that values quality and brings out the best in one another.
RISE ABOVE & LIVE SET APART.