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05/08/2020 at 02:13AM

i am confused about how my application should look like because I’ve been to high school in 2 different countries?

I’m a junior currently enrolled in a public high school in Illinois. I did my freshman year and first semester of sophomore year in India. Then I moved to the states and completed my second semester of sophomore year and my first semester of junior year in one school and then I had to change my school again as my family moved houses. So now I am in another school. So a total of 3 high schools changed before I enter my senior year. I always tried to participate in as many activities as I could. But because I changed school so many times, I didn’t held any leadership position. I did my best to get involved in various things though. I feel that all this moving around has had a negative impact on my application. It’s so hard to start everything fresh over and over again. My grades have been pretty good but because I moved from India , I was put into ESL classes for about 6 months and then it was hard for me to understand how high schools work her in the US and I was really confused on what classes to take. This is the reason why I don’t have many AP or honors classes too. I don’t know how I am supposed to get into good colleges with so many loopholes in my application?

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05/08/2020 at 06:52PM

Colleges do try to take individual circumstances into account, but for them to be able to do that, you're going to need to make sure your application is as clear as it can possibly be when it comes to the reasons behind the many different sources of information they'll need to take into account. That means making sure each transcript gets uploaded and sent correctly, and being in contact with counselors (or the equivalent) at each of your schools).

You'll also likely want to discuss your moves in the Additional Information section of the Common App, and what kind of effect that had on your ability to participate in different clubs and extracurriculars. Along with that, I'd talk about what you were able to learn from the experience, and how you may have developed certain skills or even just a mindset that's been helpful for you as a result of the different things you've had to do. It's going to be difficult, but it's definitely possible to make this case clear to the colleges you end up applying to, and you should still be able to get some good results at the end of this.