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• 06/17/2020 at 03:56AM

What can I do to boost my college acceptance rate?

As of now I've just finished my sophomore year of high school. I participate in swimming for a club and swimming for my school. I also do art classes on weekends throughout the whole year. I've been starting to apply for many different internships to make my resumes look better and to maybe include in my college essays. Is there anything else I can do to make my college acceptance rates look better and stand out more? I'm not very informed on the college process and I want to know more information about it before the actual real "important" college grades. By that I mean many scholarships have deadlines in junior year so I want to apply sooner rather than later. Thank you!

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• 06/17/2020 at 06:46PM

I will copy and paste my answer from another answer since I think it will be valuable to you. Main thing- your extracurriculars should be 1) focused around the field you want to study in college 2) should show leadership and long-lasting depth (multiple years) and 3) be relatively unique and show accomplishment in them. It’s great that you’re seeking to get more info on the college process; i know it’s incredibly complicated but hopefully this helps!

"your ECs need to be focused around what you want to go into. You don’t need to have 100% consistency in your ECs; it will be better to show a direction even if that direction changes. Heck, when I was in middle school I desperately wanted to be a biologist, then when I seriously started doing Mock Trial and Model UN when I was a freshman and I took upper level science classes I realized that I really didn’t like science that much and that I was much more into International Relations.

Here are some other tips cause I know this is overwhelming:

1) your ECs should be centered around what you want to do and show a trend towards a particular field... you can get mrs or stem internships, join science olympiad or science research, mathletes, etc

2) don’t job every honor society or club that you can get into just cause everyone else is doing it; honor societies are so common and take up so much of your time that it’s not worth being a member unless it is, for you, math science or national-hon society, the most prestigious

3) drop clubs that don’t give you any value and that you do nothing in

4) try to go for leadership positions/officer positions

5) win awards if you can, especially in competition groups

6) do only 1 club/activity that is solely for fun - it’s important to make sure that you’re not spending 100% of your time scheming your way into college with the right clubs and classes so you do need some fun relaxing time at school, but after like 1 sport or 1 club then it is a waste of your time cause it won’t count for much in terms of an admissions standpoint

7) don’t do sports unless you are REALLY GOOD at them and can get all-national level or all-state or if you are going to be a recruited athlete for it in college

8) I think you should minimize how much time you spend on the clothing project cause even though you might get community service or it is a nice thing to do, it has literally nothing to do with compsci or premed. Unless you do like premed and social service/activism in a combined way, and you could join your high school red cross club (star it if you don’t have one) it doesn’t make sense. To be quite honest Compsci and Med are very different so you would aim to figure out which one you like more by the end of your freshman year.

9) don’t do a club or activity solely to get awards or cause it sounds good (i.e. mun, mock trial or debate) cause if it doesn’t relate to your intended major it isn’t worth it. it doesn’t logically make sense and admissions officers will see right through it as a way to get recognition thru random clubs

OVERALL you want to create a “package” for yourself to kinda show to admissions officers who yuh really are. your activities should show awards/recognition, leadership, dedication and longevity (many years) and should be centered around what you wanna study in college to show that you have experience and that you’re committed to it"

Here is also another answer I posted about gpa and transcript (this is for Ivy League but also applies to Elite/Tier 1 Colleges)

"Another point; you should aim to take as many ap classes as you possibly can for Ivy-level preparedness. They care a lot about your gpa (aim for a bit higher, say 3.85) and the rigor of your schedule, meaning - did you academically challenge yourself given the academic opportunities/classes your school offered you? I really think you should go for the 3rd AP class. Ideally an AP class models a first year college class so that will give you a good indicator of whether an Ivy League rigor college will be too difficult. Since you are taking all science classes I assume you want to go into a STEM field, so if that’s the case why are you doing HOSA and MUN since they are government/politic based? Try to join Science Olympiad, Science Research, or any other science related club IF THIS IS THE CASE. If not, then see if you an take social science/history/government advanced classes at your school. You want to take as many advanced classes as you can BUT ALSO have your ECs and classes kinda directed towards what your path will be for college. Good luck!”

As for scholarships I’m sorry that I don’t have much knowledge about that but ask another question specifically about that and someone will be able to help you! Best of luck

06/22/2020 at 04:15PM

I would like to suggest a different point of view for your point 7) above. It is totally OK to do sports even if you're not "REALLY GOOD" at them. You should be doing things you enjoy. If you enjoy a sport, then that's great. Athletic activities are great for your physical and mental health, not to mention they help people build important skills like teamwork and leadership that will be very valuable in your future, regardless of which major you study in college.

@crsgo042206/22/2020 at 05:06PM

Thank you for that; I myself don’t do sports so I didn’t realize that there were a lot of other benefits besides the college recruitment. Thanks for your added perspective :)

06/22/2020 at 05:19PM

No problem! I'm always happy to help and add another perspective :) Thanks for being so thoughtful and comprehensive in your answers!