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Emmanuel College uses Merit pages to publicize student achievements both inside and outside of the classroom. As a student, you receive recognition when you make the Dean's List, present your research at a conference, participate in volunteer activities, study abroad and much more. You will receive credit for your achievements and activities, while also building an online profile - a Merit page - that you can use for campus activities and leadership positions, work experience and internships, and other College activities and honors. In addition, you can share items with your friends and family through Facebook and Twitter.
Merit pages show how Emmanuel prepares you for a career, and makes you valuable members of society and more attractive to prospective employers. The profiles connect what you are doing in the classroom to the exceptional career-building opportunities you are gaining while on campus.
What exactly is Merit?
Merit is best described as a network that students, Emmanuel College and other organizations use to collaboratively recognize and promote student success. Emmanuel is among nearly 500 colleges and universities that use Merit to tell the story of student achievements, and gives you the chance to share your accomplishments via social media, local media, and online at meritpages.com. Your personalized Merit page is a verified, automatically updated online showcase of your achievements that you can customize and share.
What’s the benefit to students?
Your Merit page is a verified, public profile that’s built for you by Emmanuel College and the other important organizations that comprise your education and experience. Merit helps people who make decisions about internships, grad school and jobs, find the “good stuff” about students. The site showcases your accomplishments with official college badges that show that they're authentic. Because your Merit page is updated by Emmanuel, it’s got the credibility that a resume alone can’t match. Better yet, it’s updated for you, so you can focus on doing great things while Merit makes sure you get the attention you deserve for them.
Plus, your Merit page is easy to share with the people who are invested in your outcomes and your success: family and friends; employers; former teachers, coaches and schools; volunteer organizations and programs, and more. Your Merit page is a way for important people to discover you based on the positive: an online identity that’s made up of your accomplishments and achievements.
What’s the benefit to Emmanuel College?
When you share your Merit achievements with your social networks, you’re helping to tell the story of your success at Emmanuel College. By promoting the amazing accomplishments of our students in local media and social networks, Emmanuel not only gets to brag about the success and outcomes of our talented students, but also can spread the word about the valuable opportunities available on our campus. Connecting key stakeholders with personalized stories about the success of our students is an important way for Emmanuel College to remind people of our value, and you’re a huge part of that!
What happens when Emmanuel College uses Merit?
A personalized Merit page is created for you and automatically updated each time Emmanuel College or a participating Merit organization (like The Honor Society of Sigma Beta Delta) publishes an achievement that you’ve earned.
Students who are featured are notified of the announcement through their Emmanuel College e-mail address and encouraged to share accomplishments with family and friends through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. If you choose, your parents also receive an e-mail allowing them to share their student’s achievements on their own social media channels.
How can I engage more with my Merit page?
You can claim your page, customize it a bit and share your achievements with your friends and family on social networks. Claiming your Merit page can be done via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. You can use the special link you receive via e-mail when your page is created by Emmanuel, use a link in any of the e-mails you receive about your achievements, or simply go to Meritpages.com, search for your name and click the “Is this you?” link on the page, which will prompt you to enter your Emmanuel-issued e-mail address to claim your page.
What if I don’t want to participate in Merit?
We respect your wish to keep your accomplishments private. Opting out of Merit is easy and not only removes your page from meritpages.com, but also prevents Emmanuel or any other participating Merit organization from being able to publish achievements about you in the future.
Keep in mind that Merit is not a mandatory program. It's up to you, the student, to decide if you want to participate or not. If you claim your page, you don't have to put anything else on the page if you don’t want to do so. Merit is just an opportunity for you to receive the attention you deserve!
If you have questions about Merit, contact the Office of Marketing Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.