What are some tips for high school students looking to apply to ivy league schools?
I am a high school sophomore looking to apply to several prestigious universities. I'd like to know what kind of things that they look for besides good grades. #high-school-students #ivyleague #harvard #yale #columbia #high-school-classes #high-school #college
ESSAY – Admissions officers reading your essays look for authenticity and want to know who you are, what you care about, why you do the things you do, and your goals and aspirations. A tall order for a 650-word essay, but it can be done. For starters, write about something you know. Don’t just recount the details of something you’ve done or experienced, but reflect on how you’ve grown and been shaped by it. Essay prompts are intentionally open-ended, so write about what you are genuinely interested in. Evolutionary anthropology, Middle Eastern studies, political feminism, machine learning, artificial intelligence – don’t be shy about the topics and questions that have captured your imagination. Show – don’t tell – the reader what makes you unique and distinctive. Find a creative angle or hook for your essay and let the rest flow from there. Be honest and authentic about what matters to you and why.
CHARACTOR – Most students are a bit biased when it comes to reviewing their qualifications, and they are going to go the extra mile in presenting themselves in the best light possible. That’s why admissions reps look to letters of recommendation for a more objective perspective. They know no applicant will ask someone for a recommendation if they think that person won’t speak highly of them, It’s the ones that are passionate, then, that stand out. So it’s important for you to seek out recommenders who truly know you and believe in you—people who can get very specific as to why you deserves that spot, why you are exceptional, etc.
LEADERSHIP – You’ve heard for some time that college admissions committees look for well-rounded students who engaged in a variety of activities while in high school. And while that’s true, they’re actually more interested in students who took on a leadership position within a few select organizations. If you are a member of 7 different groups, the odds are that you are spread thin and may not have had major impact on any one group. Being involved at a higher level not only shows leadership, but it can also give insight into the your personality and values.
LIFE – School activities are great, as is a strong GPA and high test scores, but admissions committees also want to know that you have a life outside of academics. Volunteer work shows a commitment to the community at large, which admissions reps certainly appreciate. But there’s a lot to be said for students who have held down real jobs. Jobs and internships show your desire to learn and grow beyond school, and they demonstrate your financial responsibility and time-management skills.
NEGATIVITY – Since it seems as though most teens’ preferred method of communication is online, it should come as no surprise that college admission reps are checking will check your social media profiles. Yes, admissions officers do check Facebook, so be mindful of how you present yourself online. College admissions officers are increasingly using your social media profiles to learn more about you, so keep it positive.
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