What can I do to make my future college application look good ?
Hi! My name is Valeria and am in about to be a sophomore in high school. I was curious about things I could do to impress colleges and make them want to pick me as a student. Next year I am planning on joining my schools HOSA club. My interests after high school is something in the pediatric field and wanted to know if there was anything in specific that could make me stand out. Thank you!!
Academic rigor can be pivotal. Admissions officers don’t just look at the grades you earned and the classes in which you earned them. That means that an A in a grade-level class isn’t necessarily better than a B in an Advanced Placement (AP), honors, or International Baccalaureate (IB) class. So consider adding more academically demanding classes to your course load to show that you are a motivated, intellectually curious student.
Colleges pay attention to your involvement in extracurricular activities. But what counts most to colleges is how long and how deeply you have been committed to one or two of those interests. This could be sports, clubs, music groups, or various other activities. They take into account the leadership roles you have held, what you accomplished, and how much time you committed to the activity.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Letters of recommendation are almost always required for college applications and can be valuable to communicate your unique qualities, skills, and personality. Usually, high school teachers write recommendation letters. They can speak to your academic performance and your problem-solving, creativity, commitment, and leadership skills. It is best to ask a teacher with whom you have had more than one class or in whose class you excelled.
Your summer experiences provide insight into your character also. Holding a summer job at a fast-food restaurant can build as much character as attending a prestigious summer learning program. Even staying at home to help out with babysitting or household chores like cooking for the family shows character. It's all about what you've gained, what you've learned and how you communicate that in your application.
If you’re looking for more advice about how best to position yourself for college, learn more about the admissions criteria that colleges consider.
Best of luck Valeria in your exciting college journey.
This is a good time to pose the question. What colleges seek are diverse and interesting students. You can display that by having excellent grades, and also by having involvement in extra-curricular activities, and by doing self-initiated volunteer work. Virtually everything in which you're involved can help, including sports, band, drama club, etc. All the best to you.