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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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Feeling anxious because I don't have any awards or honors!

Is it just me, or does everyone have a long list of awards for their apps? I'm really worried because I don't have any significant awards or honors to add to my application. Will this put me at a big disadvantage? How can I make up for this in other parts of my application to stay competitive?

7 months ago

Absolutely not, you don't need to feel at a huge disadvantage because you don't have an extensive list of awards or honors. Many students get into great colleges without having shelves full of trophies.

It's important to focus on highlighting other strengths in your application. Emphasize your personal growth, leadership, and the impact you've made in your activities or community. Remember, quality is more important than quantity, and colleges are looking for authenticity. Be sure to convey your genuine passions and how you've pursued them. Perhaps you can also speak about how you've faced challenges head-on and what you've learned from those experiences. In your essays and interviews, make a good case for your potential to contribute to the campus community and beyond.

Scholarship committees and admissions officers are well aware that not every student has access to opportunities to win big awards, and they take your context into consideration. Believe in your unique story and the distinct perspective you bring—it's your journey and personal evolution that can truly make you stand out!

7 months ago

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