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What makes a college application stand out?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior and I'm starting to think about my college applications. I want to make sure my application stands out to admissions officers. What elements of a college application really make a difference and set applicants apart? Thank you!

10 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're thinking about this early on. From my experience with my own child, there are a few key elements that can make a college application stand out. Firstly, a strong academic record is essential - admissions officers want to see that you can excel in your classes. Taking challenging courses like AP or IB classes is a good way to demonstrate your commitment to your education.

Secondly, meaningful extracurricular activities can also help you stand out. Don't just join a bunch of clubs; instead, focus on a few areas that you're genuinely passionate about and try to make an impact (leadership roles, organizing events, etc.) in those areas. Colleges want to see dedication and passion, not just a long list of clubs.

Lastly, your essays should be unique and personal. They should give admissions officers a glimpse of who you are beyond your grades and activities. Spend time brainstorming and editing your essays, be genuine, and don't be afraid to show your personality.

Best of luck with your applications!

10 months ago

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