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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
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SAT: 720 math
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| 800 verbal
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How do I stand out in a large applicant pool?

Hey there! I'm a junior and I'm starting to think about applying to colleges with large applicant pools. I want to make sure I stand out, but I'm not sure what I can do to set myself apart. What are some things I can do to make my application stand out? Any advice would be awesome!

10 months ago

Hey! It's great that you're already thinking about how to stand out in the college application process. My child went through the same thing not too long ago, so I can share a few tips that helped them. First, focus on your essays. A well-written, genuine essay can really set you apart from the crowd. Share your unique experiences, perspective, and your personal growth. Admissions officers love to see how you've learned and changed over time. Second, get involved in extracurricular activities that you're truly passionate about. Don't just join clubs for the sake of it – find something you love and dedicate your time to it. This shows colleges that you're not only well-rounded, but also committed to your interests. Lastly, don't underestimate the power of strong letters of recommendation. Cultivate good relationships with your teachers or mentors so they can write compelling letters that highlight your strengths and potential. Remember, the admissions process is about showing who you are as a person, not just your academic achievements. Best of luck!

10 months ago

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