I'm writing an application to a summer school. The school will teach a range of topics and I admit that I may be over qualified for some. That means:
- I may have more knowledge with other applicants
- Some topics may teach what I already know
- Some knowledge I have may even be unique perspectives to lecturers
Nevertheless that doesn't mean that I know everything:
- Other applicants are also have many activities and background
- The lecturers are also respectful and have more knowledge than me
- There are topics that I totally don't know and want to learn more
I also have a small community (fan if you wish) around my blog, which have some KOLs in there. I post my application in there, and an alumni who is closed with the staffs of the school comments in private that the application looks like I'm showing off with careless attitude.
I agree, because I do have that feeling. I think when you are overqualified, and be aware of that, then naturally your confidence is reflected in that. I try to limit that, but the more I read my application, the more I feel I care about them and not showing off at all. Not only I want to be honest, but I want to give as much what I have or know so that they find me interesting and worth to be accepted. I think it's a win-win, and a normal practice.
Here are what I include in my application, which I think can be perceived as showing off:
- Works that relate to the subjects (I agree that it can be perceived as comments or even debates. Not many people can do this → trying to do this is showing off)
- Names of some KOLs
- Comments of them about my works
- Communities that I create
- Other materials that are shared by many and may be useful
I get that it always depends to the readers, so maybe there is nothing to worry. But given that I see this is a great opportunity for networking and learning, I want to prepare with my best.
KOL: Key opinion leader. It's a term in marketing, basically means a person is well-known in the niche field and their voice is respected. They usually be an expertise but not necessary.
Let's say the subjects taught in that schools include math. In math there are two branches: geometry and algebra. The school will teach both but will focus more on geometry. I have a couple articles about algebra, which contain concepts that relevant to geometry, or even create a debate in what they would teach. As for the interpersonal experiences with that proofreader, we are just online friends that have never met, but know that we share some core interests.