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What advice do you have for getting into college?

I want to be able to get into a college but I don't know what can make me more likely to get into colleges.

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anvitha’s Answer

First off, focus on maintaining a solid GPA and challenging yourself with a mix of courses. Extracurriculars are key, so find activities you're passionate about and stay consistent with them. In your junior year, make sure you take the time to prepare for standardized testing and do your best on those exams. When it comes down to actually applying for colleges, showcase your unique talents and interests in your application essays. Essentially, you want to show college admissions officer that you can be passionate, hard-working, and perseverant. Don't forget to build meaningful relationships with teachers who can write strong recommendation letters as well. As long as you stick with what you are passionate about and you are able to convey this to admissions officers, you will do great.
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Mia’s Answer

You can focus on several key areas to increase your chances of getting into college. Firstly, you should prioritize maintaining a solid academic record by taking challenging courses and achieving high grades while preparing diligently for standardized tests like the SAT or ACT. Secondly, active participation in extracurricular activities, clubs, sports, or community service can demonstrate well-roundedness and leadership potential. Finding meaningful experiences such as internships, research projects, or volunteer opportunities relevant to your interests can also enhance your college applications. Additionally, building relationships with teachers who can provide supportive recommendation letters and working on crafting a compelling personal statement or college admissions essay can help you stand out to admissions committees. Finally, staying organized and meeting application deadlines while seeking guidance from school counselors or college advisors throughout the process is crucial for a successful college admission journey.
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Chris’s Answer

Hi Weitao,

The best advice that I have for getting into college is to build an application that shows how well-rounded you are. Contrary to popular belief, a lot of times you can build an extremely well-rounded resume just by doing things that you loved. When I was in high school I didn't play sports but I did do things like student ambassador programs, academic team, and other activities that challenged me to always do my best. Many college admissions officers are looking for qualities and characteristics that stand out. If you do things that you love and enjoy it is easier to explain to colleges why the things you did were meaningful and what types of challenges you faced.

One other piece of advice that I have is think about what you would like to do. You don't have to make a decision on your career for many years but thinking about what you like to do and enjoy can help you find colleges that will develop you the way you want. Once you know what colleges you are interested in then you can better come up with a plan to get into those colleges.

Best of luck on the next steps in your journey.
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Emma’s Answer

My advice is to always strive to keep your grades up and actively participate in extracurricular activities. By joining a club or engaging in something you're passionate about, you can really distinguish yourself from the crowd. Also, gaining work and volunteer experiences can be incredibly beneficial. I hope this is helpful!
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Rian’s Answer

Hi Weitao,
One thing I would recommend for college applications is to start your personal statement early, so that you have plenty of time to review and edit it. In your personal statement, just try to be yourself and talk about who you are and what's led you down your current path right now. Outside of the application itself, I would recommend trying to take advanced level classes that are relevant to the field of study that you're interested in. For example, if you're interested in the healthcare field, I'd recommend taking AP biology or chemistry as those areas of study will be super useful for you later on. I would also recommend joining different extracurriculars that you're interested in and have a passion for.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. Weitao
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