And Bev Taylor, the founder of The Ivy Coach in New York, says prospective students don't need to create LinkedIn profiles.
"In fact, they should not be doing this," she says. "There's no reason for them to share their high school résumé with the world, or even with their peers. It's actually a superfluous move that can work against applicants."
LinkedIn, Taylor says, is designed for the working world, not for high school students, whose experience typically amounts to babysitting and lifeguarding.
"In the highly selective admissions world, Internet endorsements of skills are as meaningless as endorsements from politicians," she says.
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