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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
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4.0
SAT: 720 math
200
800
| 800 verbal
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800

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How can I stand out in a competitive applicant pool?

Hey guys, I'm applying to some highly competitive colleges, and I'm worried about standing out among all the other talented applicants. What can I do to make my application unique and memorable? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

10 months ago

Hey there! Applying to competitive colleges can indeed be a daunting task. One way to make your application stand out is to focus on your passions and interests outside of academics. Admissions officers love to see students who are truly passionate about something, whether it's a sport, hobby, or community service. If you've demonstrated a high level of commitment to an activity, be sure to highlight that in your application. Another way is to let your personality shine through in your essays. Use your own voice and don't be afraid to be genuine and authentic. Admissions officers read thousands of essays, and those that are memorable are often the ones where the student's personality really comes through. Lastly, consider asking teachers or mentors who know you well for letters of recommendation. A strong, personalized letter from someone who can speak to your character and abilities can make a big difference. Good luck with your applications!

10 months ago

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