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How can I make my application stand out for highly selective schools?

Hey guys! I'm a junior aiming for top colleges like the Ivies, and I'm wondering what I can do to make my application stand out. I have strong academics and extracurriculars, but I know the competition is fierce. What can I do to set myself apart from other applicants? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

10 months ago

Hi there! It's great to see that you're already thinking about how to make your application stand out. Having strong academics and extracurriculars is a fantastic start, but you're right that the competition is fierce at highly selective schools. One thing my child found helpful was to really focus on their personal essays. This is your chance to showcase your unique voice and experiences that may not be apparent in the rest of your application. Make sure to spend ample time brainstorming, drafting, and revising your essays, and ask for feedback from trusted individuals. Another aspect you could focus on is developing strong relationships with your teachers and school counselor, as their letters of recommendation can make a significant difference in your application. They can provide insight into your character, work ethic, and how you contribute to the classroom environment. Lastly, consider pursuing a passion project or taking on a leadership role in one of your extracurriculars. Demonstrating a deep commitment to something you're passionate about can help set you apart from other applicants. Best of luck in your college admissions journey!

10 months ago

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