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How can I demonstrate personal growth in my college application?

Hey y'all! As I start drafting my college apps, I'm wondering what's the best way to show personal growth throughout high school without it sounding braggy or like a cliché story? Any tips or experiences would be awesome!

8 months ago

Hey there! It's awesome that you're thinking about how to reflect your personal growth in your application. One effective way to do this is through your personal statement and supplemental essays. Focus on a specific experience or period in your life which was a turning point for you. Explain the challenges you faced, the steps you took to overcome them, and, most importantly, reflect on what you learned from the experience. For example, if you struggled with time management early in high school but have since honed these skills and seen improvements in your academic and personal life, outline that journey. Remember, showing vulnerability and then demonstrating resilience can be powerful. Your recommenders can also highlight your growth; guide them by providing examples of your development that you'd like colleges to know about. Make sure your essay is genuine and unique to you — admissions officers love seeing the person behind the grades and scores. Best of luck with your applications!

8 months ago

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