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5 simple tools to find the college that matches your personality

5 simple tools to find the college that matches your personality

Have you ever wondered which college you would fit in the best? You have spent countless hours researching schools with your dream major, ideal weather, city size, and all other “necessary” academic parameters such as SAT score, Admit Rate, Avg., GPA etc. etc. But if you hate the next 4 to 6 years of your life, the weather won’t cheer you up, and the city size won’t help much!

There is no question about the fact that your peers will have a significant influence on your college experience. In this article, we will show you five hacks to find the college that has folks you want to hang out with, form lifelong friendships, and maybe even tie the knot.

1: The Google Hack

This is an awesome hack that can quickly give you an impression of what goes down at each school. Open up the Google search and search for the term: “<school name>” + “pranks”. Insert the name of your target school in <school name>.

Example terms: “MIT pranks”

Voila, you will see a list of pranks that MIT students have famously pulled – from dragging cars to the top of the MIT Dome, to making Pac-Man and Blinky appear on the scaffolding covering the Great Dome during reconstruction in 2013.

You will also get a list of links to Wikipedia, Wired Magazine, and MIT website itself where you can read about the “mostly nerdy’ pranks or hacks as they are called, pulled by MIT students.

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    Let’s take another example: “Georgia Tech pranks”

    You can get a lot of dirt on the Georgia Tech and UGA rivalry, including a Georgia Tech student hacking UGA’s website.

    School Personality Match - GoSchoolWise.com

      You get the idea now try it.

      2. The Life with Filters – Instagram – Hack

      A picture is worth a thousand words, and if you add a filter to the picture, the words become memorable – first heard on LifeHack in this post ;)

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      Almost every school has an Instagram account, and even though it is maintained by the school, looking at the images can give you a fantastic idea of the life and experience the school promotes. From the beautiful outdoorsy pictures on UC Berkeley’s Instagram to the amazing skyline and buzz of New York City highlighted in the Columbia University’s Instagram, you can get the feel of the student environment.

      3. The Artificial Intelligence – GoSchoolWise – Hack

      Sometimes it is better to sit back and let the world’s smartest supercomputer – IBM Watson (the computer that beat a human in the game of Jeopardy) do the hard work.

      GoSchoolWise.com, a startup that uses Data Analytics and AI to help high school students and their parents with college admissions, uses IBM Watson to analyze the social media activity of colleges and creates a detailed profile of students at those schools called the SchoolDNA. You can go to each college page and see its SchoolDNA.

      See example traits of students at Harvard

      Harvard SchoolDNA - College Personality Match - GoSchoolWise.com

         Here is another example of students at UT Austin:

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        UT Austin SchoolDNA - College Personality Match - GoSchoolWise.com

          But guess what? GoSchoolWise.com has taken this a step further with a handy tool that analyzes your writing (e.g., essay, tweets), and determines your personality (it is actually fun to learn about yourself) and finds out how well you will fit in at each of your target schools. You can see the full student traits, and get your personality analysis as many times as you want with a free account.

          4. The Motion Picture – Youtube Hack

          Static images are powerful, but sometimes seeing a video can make for a more immersive experience. Like Instagram, most schools have an official Youtube account. Some schools might even have multiple accounts focused on different aspects – Admissions, Sports, Student Life etc.

          Watching a school’s Youtube videos can give you a good sense of what to expect from a school. In a lot of Youtube videos, you can directly hear from current students about their experience as well. However, take this with a grain of salt. No school will publish a video of a student who has less than stellar things to say about her or his experience at the school.

          Check out the Youtube video of Stanford University

          Another of University of Central Florida

           5. The Student Reviews – Niche – Hack

          Wouldn’t it be nice to hear the unfiltered reviews from students? Well, there is a website for that – Niche.com.

          You can search thousands of colleges and read what current students have to say about the school. Also, the website aggregates the reviews in different categories, and you can get a good idea of how a school does on a number of different dimensions such as Academics, Athletics, Party Scene, Greek Life etc.

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          Here are some reviews for University of Pennsylvania:

          “The teachers are helpful and are there when students need help. The students are driven to do there work and help the others around them when they don’t get it.”

          “Greek life has a definite presence at my school, but plenty of people do not participate as well. Non-Greeks do not really think differently about Greeks, since everyone here is clearly intelligent and unique or else they would not have gotten in.”

          Grades for Carnegie Mellon University:

          Academics: A+

          Campus Quality: B

          Off-Campus Dining: A-

          Party Scene: B+

          Remember, the hacks here are not to substitute the “boring”, but necessary search you have to do to find the school based on your desired major, academic stats etc. These hacks are to supplement that search. Good luck.

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          Last Updated on October 16, 2019

          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

          Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

          Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

          Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

          In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

          1. ScheduleOnce

            ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

            ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

            ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

            Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

            Available on Web

            2. Calendly

              Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

              You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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              Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

              3. Assistant.to

                For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                Available on Web

                4. Acuityscheduling

                  Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                  It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  5. Pick

                    Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                    At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                    Available on Web

                    6. X.ai

                      For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                      This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                      Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                      Available on Web

                      7. YouCanBook.me

                        is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                        They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                        Available on Web

                        8. Doodle

                          Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                          It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                          You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                          While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                          Available on Web | iOS | Android

                          9. WhenAvailable

                            WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                            Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                            Available on Web

                            10. Rally

                              Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                              Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                              Available on Web

                              11. NeedtoMeet

                                Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                Available on Web

                                Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                The Bottom Line

                                Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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