3 years ago
Admissions Advice

Making my college resume high quality.

I'm pretty last minute with my entire application process and I just wanted to know the key things to make my application stand out immensely.

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3 years ago

So I want to specify this but calling the application a resume is not advisable as a resume is optional and some schools don’t even accept them. But some general application tips to enhance everything.

For extracurricular description give details hopefully numbers. There’s a huge difference between I work at Starbucks and I am an assistant manager at Starbucks. I also am responsible for XYZ. Also spelling errors will not break an application but having no errors makes it better.

Don’t double dip. Extracurricular shouldn’t be mentioned in the essay except in passing.

RecLetters follows the rules of less is better. If a school recommendeds but doesn’t require LoR you should submit no more than 2. LoR authors shouldn’t be the best class or a subject that you gonna study in college but instead should be the teacher who best knows you and can say nice things about you. A counselor also works but teachers are IMO better.

Exaggerating in essays is fine but never lie or make it ludicrous. This is especially true for essays on topics that happen some time ago. Don’t be afraid to take artistic liscene with details but it should be as close to the truth as possible.

Also this is arguably the most important. For essays FOLLOW THE PROMPT. Also this is especially true for why this school essays but the essay is about you not about your mom being the best person ever. For why this school don’t sell the school to admission officers explain why you fit in there and why they should admit you. An essay about how your mom being awesome impacted you is great. Additionally avoid cliches like a big game or big test. If you know someone who gone through the same thing it’s likely a suboptimal topic.

Hope this helps and comment if you need clarification! I’d be happy to help clarify stuff.

3 years ago

Hey! Well, I am not sure there is one thing that you can immediately do to make your application stand out stats or EC-wise: perhaps try attaining some leadership positions in school or participate in some summer internship or research near you - other than that, there is not much you can do. Maybe you can try to improve your standardized test scores.

However, there is one thing you can do which is really going deep into your essays. Take your time and craft them so that each holds personal significance and will give the admissions officer something to think about and something which will distinguish you from the rest of the applicants. Since you have a few months, use them.

Try to contact a teacher and/or your counselor for LORs if you have not already. Preferably, choose a teacher which knows you and your personality well and someone you have connected with and gotten to know better.

In the end, admissions is a luck of the draw - whether you go to your local state school, a respected T30 or T10, or even community college, it simply matters what you do while there and how you make the most of your opportunities.

Best of luck to you in the future!

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