What not to do when emailing admissions officers

Question from a parent at one of our seminars last weekend:

“My friend’s private counselor (not from Collegewise) advises her students to attach a photo to any email that they send to an admissions officer.  She said that’s a good way to stand out and make them remember you.  But it sounded odd to me.  Is that really a good idea?”

Nope. Not a good idea. 

This is college admissions, not online dating.  And I'm pretty sure every admissions officer I've ever met would feel, well, pretty weird receiving photos from teenagers they've never met. 

Here’s a post from last year about how to write a good email.