What are things that look good on College Applications?
My top career choices are the following. 1-Registered Nurse, 2- Physical Therapist, 3-Substance abuse counselor, or 4- HR management. However I do not know which one I will pursue yet. #psychology #healthcare #counselor #career #college #applications #career-path
A high GPA (relative to what admitted students have) and a rigorous curriculum
Strong test scores (relative to what admitted students have)
A specific, honest, and well-written personal statement
A unique extracurricular interest or passion]
Volunteering experience with measurable impact
Compelling letters of recommendation written on your behalf
Work experience, particularly jobs related to your academic or professional interests
CHALLENGING HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Your high school transcript will be an important admissions consideration at most schools. This is not to say that you need to have a 4.0 GPA. Good grades are important, but admissions officers are also looking for academic curiosity and an indication that you value your learning by taking challenging coursework. For example, a B in an AP class may bring down your GPA, but will carry more weight on your college application than an A in a remedial class.
SOLID COLLEGE ADMISSION TEST SCORES
Your college admission test score doesn't need to be perfect, but should reflect your level of performance in high school. Typically, if you're on the bubble at a particular college, the other components of your application will take precedence over your ACT or SAT score. However, admissions officers generally recommend that you prepare well for your SAT or ACT test, and retake it only if you believe you'll earn a significantly higher score.
SINCERE WELL-WRITTEN ESSAY
Many schools include an essay component in their applications to get a better idea of who an applicant is as a person. While completing this part of the application might sound intimidating, it's a great chance for you to show what sets you apart from other prospective students. The most important thing to remember is to be open and honest. Don't worry about what you think you should say. Instead, use the opportunity to communicate who you genuinely are.
YOUR CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY
Keep in mind that, along with transcripts and standardized test scores, your college application itself serves to demonstrate the attributes that will make you a successful college student. In addition to academic ability, many schools name character and integrity as high priorities when considering applicants. Demonstrate these qualities by:
• Including a list of volunteer work, part-time jobs, or community service alongside an explanation of what you learned from these experiences and how you contributed to a workplace or organization.
• Asking for recommendations from teachers and other adults who can vouch for your academic performance as well as personal qualities and characteristics. Check out this lesson on choosing references for tips on asking the right people.
• Detailing any and all examples of your leadership abilities and skills. Don't think that you have to be your senior class president to make an impression; it is the demonstration of leadership skills - in any group or situation - that counts.
• Keeping your social media presence clear of anything you wouldn't want a college admissions officer to see. Roughly 40% of schools report that they check out the social media profiles of applicants.
Lastly Aniyah, most college admissions officers are looking for students who demonstrate genuine interest in attending their schools. Show that you want to be a part of a school's student body by applying for early admission and taking part in campus visits. Interviewing with admissions officers could also be especially helpful. This short lesson on the college admissions interview process can help you prepare.
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Test Scores - Most college require either the SAT or ACT. You're just the right time to begin taking them (you can take them as much as you want until you get a score you're happy with). Start studying through
Khan Academy or buying study books at a library to prepare.
Volunteer Hours - Colleges always look for well-rounded, good people. A key component to this is how much of your time you spend volunteering.
Organizations, specifically leadership positions - Many universities LOVE leaders. Having leadership positions, especially elected ones, will help you both to get in to colleges and to get scholarships.
Good grades in tough classes - Take as many AP or IB classes as you can, and always work to have as high a GPA as you can.
Essays - The essays are one of the most critical components of a successful college application. During your classes, focus on improving your writings skills so that you can craft the best essays you can when your applications start.
2. Involvement in extra-curricular activities.
3. Volunteer and work experience.
4. Leadership roles.
5. Solid letters of recommendation.
6. Proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Relative paid working experience.
A solid GPA with College Prep/Accelerated courses
Above average SAT/ACT test score
Letter of recommendation from counselors or instructors relevant to your area of intended study.
Since you are still deciding on what you want to pursue, I recommend taking a look more into those fields and writing a pro/con list as to why you would want to study that. Taking a deeper dive may help you determine some outside volunteer activities to pursue. It also helps if you are dedicated to something for a few years. Back to the nursing home example, it will be better to show you were there for 3 years compared to only a few months.
If you want further advice about the HR Management route, let me know! That was my track and honestly, I love the field. Make sure you find a field you are passionate about and you fall in love with it.