Bios (short for “biography”) are one of those odd professional documents that people never think they’ll be called on to write … until they are. Whether it’s for a blurb in an Open House bulletin or a longer “About Me” page on the school website, professional and engaging bios appear more often than you think—and are often your prospective audience’s first impression of you and your work.
That said, bios can be extremely difficult to write. You know yourself and your accomplishments better than anyone, making you the best person to write the bio, but “tooting your own horn” can feel intrinsically uncomfortable. Fear not! There are tricks for pushing through your initial unease. So let’s take a look at how to write the three most common bios you’ll be called on to provide.
Q: Families often ask me what they can “expect” as an award when they turn in their financial aid applications. They tell me how much they make in a year, thinking that their salaries will be enough information for me to offer a rough award estimate on the spot. Do you have any advice on how to respond?
December 2015’s Source for Development Directors featured Bethany Academy’s remarkable viral fundraiser, in which the school’s top fundraising parent made a “miraculous” half-court shot and won half off her daughter’s tuition for the 2016-17 school year. We had a chance to talk with Bethany Academy’s Development Director Rochelle Platter, and discuss what went on behind the scenes to create such a successful fundraiser for the school through a community building event.
In light of last month’s connection-spam lawsuit, we thought it’d be wise to talk about how to connect with new professional contacts on LinkedIn. After all, the point of social media is to be, well, social, which involves introducing yourself to new people and starting conversations. Today, we’ll discuss the top three unwritten rules of “connection invitations” over LinkedIn.
A private school in Melbourne, Australia, took a hit last week as reports emerge of student gambling within a local gaming store. According to The New Daily, a group of young men—still dressed in their private school’s uniform—frequently visit the local TAB outlet and bet large sums of money that one local bystander described as “staggering.” The outlets didn’t notify the school that students in their uniform were placing bets, and the headmaster has found himself unable to address the problem without knowing who the gambling students are.
But Australia isn’t the only country that’s been affected by student gambling. Advances in technology and lack of oversight have resulted in a new wave of addictive gaming behaviors that have been ridiculed by media and leave administrators floundering to regain control.
Q: Our school recently received an application for financial aid that listed only one income. After we asked for clarification, we learned that one of the student’s parents has chosen not to work. We’re at a loss on how to evaluate this particular situation—do you have any advice?
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