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What are some ways I can make my college application stand out?

I'm worried my college application will look like any other. I want colleges to be in awe with my application. What are some ways I can make that happen? #college #college-advice #college-admissions #university

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Norma’s Answer

Gabriela,

Tell an attractive, well thought out story that is charismatic and draws them in. Include significant features and attributes of your personality. Be sincere and exhibit interest.

There are some blogs and sites out there that provide admissions help. Most of them are pretty direct and provide solid advice.

Hope this helps.

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Shailey’s Answer

Hi Gabriela,

The most important thing is to be sincere! Admissions folks read thousands of applications each year, and they can quickly tell which applicants are trying too hard to be impressive. For example, do something you like for your extracurricular activities--if you want to spend your time volunteering at a pet shelter instead of running track, go for it! For your personal statement, tell a story that matters to you, even if you feel like it is not "cool" or "important" enough. People want to see students who are engaged and have a diversity of interests. Your personality will shine through when you do and write about things that matter to you.

And, like Norma said, you should also make sure to demonstrate interest! Spend time researching each school you are applying to, and tailor your personal statement to show that you are interested in that school.

Best of luck!

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Simeon’s Answer

Find stories that are unique to yourself. You are correct in that your application will be included in a stack of many other applications. You don't have to be the most interesting person in the world! Just find stories about your life that are memorable. Use those stories to highlight your own strengths and values.
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Rachel’s Answer

GPA and SAT score trump everything else.

Next most important would be examples of leadership and dedication to your community (i.e. volunteering).
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Richard’s Answer

Good grades and high scores are the first step.

Next try to create a narrative. For example, if you are passionate about science your activities could include science bowl and your volunteering could include mentoring underprivileged children in science and math.
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