In the 7th grade I told my dad I could be at the top of my class (was usually in the top 15th percentile) & he immediately put me in place by indicating that I was a 15%er because that was my consistent ability. He explained that who you are is habitual not a one off.
I’ve been asked several times by folks from across the education spectrum (students, parents, college folks, & school folks) about the effectiveness of ChromaUp (our Instagram like app that lets students capture achievement in pics/vids) & here is what I hang my hat on. With an effort as minimal as archiving photos/videos, which everyone already does anyway, to showcase passion, leadership, and achievement, if we cannot find a consistent motivation — does that not tell us something about who we are?
In the admission process we spend time on telling our story in an “essay” — but this is what I refer to as “manufactured creativity”, telling the story that someone wants to hear. Nothing wrong with the essay as it does allow you to express in your words achievement, hopes, & dreams, but does it show habitual leadership & achievement? With the ease with which we now archive our lives in photos & video should we not try to illustrate our path (story)?
The counter argument is that we could always “manufacture” our Timelines, so what! What if in the process of going through high school we “manufacture” consistency, does that not make you consistent. The act of managing your Timeline & thinking about it is a clarification of thought and awareness over a period of time, is it not?
In a short time we have hundreds of high school students using ChromaUp to capture their stories — when they share those Timelines, in one glance you are able to gauge which kids have intrinsic abilities. As someone ones said, a picture tells the story of a 1000 words… imagine what a visual timeline tells you.
Supra Manohar, co-founder, Chroma (posting on our open blog)