What really makes you stand out on college applications?
Topic: Write a good college application essay
July 17, 2019 / By Premislas Question:
I'm reading through applications, and besides grades and scores, there's not much room for the school to see anything beyond your intellect. I'm not a perfect 4.0 student with great SAT scores, but I'm a good learner and I'm pretty smart. has anyone done something really good with their essay that got them noticed?
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Major | 5 days ago
The essay helps so much! You've got to pick something that other people wouldn't really think of. Don't go for the common run of the mill answers. I wrote about this crazy inside joke I had with one of my really good friends. I got a call from the admissions office at one of the schools I applied to. She told me she loved the essay and it made her laugh so much! I ended up getting into the school, as well as the honors program!
My advice? Try to be yourself in the essay. Write the way you talk, only with better grammar. Make it seem like you're having a conversation, that the reader is involved with what you're telling them. Be original! Be honest! Be heartfelt! But most of all, be yourself!
A lot of people will place tons of pressure on the essay. Yes, it's a part of the application, but it's nothing that you need to have anxiety over. It's only PART of the application. You'll find a school that fits you; have no fear. It may not be your first choice, but sometimes, you need that rejection to find a better place for you. Good luck and don't stress out too much!
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Originally Answered: College preperation, college applications etc?
Your GPA and SAT are all that matters.
Like many high school students, you’re under the false impression that extracurricular activities actually matter in admission decisions. With a few exceptions, they don’t. They would matter if you were seeking a scholarship (like athletics) for those activities. They would also matter if you had some awesome achievement and were applying to a school where most everyone has perfect GPAs and near perfect SATs (like MIT or Harvard). By an “awesome achievement,” I mean something that would make you stand out such as winning the national science Olympiad competition (mere participation won’t matter).
In reality, for most students, extracurricular activities really do not matter. I mean think about this: Universities receive thousands of applications from misguided high school students who trumpet activities like baking bread, playing the French horn in the fourth grade, babysitting, volunteering at church, and collecting canned food for homeless people. Universities do not have the time or money to verify any of those claimed activities.
In all honestly, a student would be better off working at a part-time job than doing all of those things – expecting that it’s the key to getting accepted. The reality is that the rigor of your high school course work, your cumulative GPA, and your SAT are all that really matters. No university is going to turn away a student with high marks in those areas simply because he/she forgot to mention babysitting a nephew on the weekends and playing lawn darts during summer vacation.
Schedule an interview with admissions. Also, attend EVERY open house and Visit day they offer. The more they see your name, the more they realize that you want them. Also, don't let the school know which other schools you are applying to. If they see ones that you'll definitely get accepted to, your top choice school may not accept you out of fear you won't attend.
Most applications that I filled out had places to put extracurricular activities and community service. Even if you held a job while in school. Colleges want well-rounded students not a super-smart student who doesn't know how to interact with people.
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* Community Service - this is key! If you know what you want to go to college for, try to volunteer in a somewhat relateable field.
* Extracurriculars - join things like Key Club, sports teams, DARE, SADD, Earth Club, The Chess Team, Math Leagues, etc.
* Letters of Recommendation - ask close teachers to write you letters highlighting your class participation and potential to do well in college. Get at least 2 or more.
* Work Experience - it looks good if you had a summer job.
* Schedule an interview with the admissions officer. This can really help in the selection process.
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Letters of recommendation are also an important place to let them see your strong qualities as a student. Pick teachers who know you well and whose classes (and/or sports, activities, etc.) you excelled in, participated a lot in, where you proved your leadership skills, hard work, creativity, etc.--in short, a class you loved and in which you stood out as one of the best and most memorable students. If your recommenders only know you in a limited aspect (such as a coach who doesn't know how you are academically or a teacher who doesn't know about all your extracurricular activities), have a meeting with them or provide them with a copy of your application or a sort of "resume" that lists your grades, activities, awards, why you want to go to x or y college, what you think you'll major in, whatever you think they should know.
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