Is “Looking Good” Really All That Matters?

The Common App

How many things do students do just to look good on this piece of paper? (Photo credit: mWei2010)

I recently read a post by a young blogger considering the pros and cons of attending a well-known university simply for the sake of the school’s prestigious name.  Did the name of the university matter that much when it came to future employment?  For the sake of discussion, let’s take the question a little bit wider.  Do appearances on paper matter more than who you are as an individual?  Should you do things in high school just for the sake of writing them down on your college applications?  Is “looking good” really all that matters when it comes to universities and future employment?

Keep reading to dig a little deeper!