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Do colleges prefer students with a well-rounded application or a focused interest?

Hi everyone! I'm a high school junior, and I'm trying to figure out if colleges prefer students who have a well-rounded application or those who demonstrate a focused interest in one particular area. Should I try to be involved in a wide variety of activities, or should I concentrate on my main interest? Thanks for your advice!

10 months ago

Hey there! I can understand why you'd be curious about this. From my experience with my own child's college application process, I've noticed that colleges appreciate both well-rounded and focused students. However, the preference may vary depending on the college and its programs. If a college is known for a specific program or field, they might favor applicants with a focused interest in that area. On the other hand, liberal arts colleges usually value well-rounded students who can contribute to their diverse community. The most important thing is to be authentic and passionate about whatever you choose to pursue. If you have a main interest that you're really dedicated to, it's great to show that in your application. But it's also important to have some balance and explore other interests too. You never know what opportunities might come your way! So, focus on what genuinely interests you, and try to strike a balance between your main passion and other activities. Best of luck with your college application journey!

10 months ago

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