Standing Out From The Application Crowd At Selective Colleges-masa-c

Finance Do you know what it takes It’s no secret that most selective colleges and universities have to deal with more academically qualified applicants than they can possibly admit. By academically qualified, I mean your test scores, the rigor of courses you take and the grades you receive in those courses. Admissions offices set certain prescribed academic standards for applicants to meet, but then they take it a step further and look for something else. Given that there are more freshman applicants than spaces available, what else do selective colleges look for when they make their final selections? Sure, admissions officers take into consideration counselor, teacher and other re.mendations, but what they’re really interested in is you as a person. Who are you? What have you done in and outside of school that will give them a clue as to what your interests and talents are. Colleges really care about the kind of people they admit, so what you do after school, during weekends and the summer tells them a lot about how you might behave on their campuses. The truth is that it really doesn’t matter what you do; the important thing is that you do something or some things. There are so many different ways students use their time when they’re not taking classes or studying. The most important ingredient in choosing activities that you love or at least enjoy them. One student with whom I worked was an enthusiastic reader and set up a teen book club at her favorite local bookstore. Another student was an avid surfer who then organized his town’s first high school surf-a-thon to raise money for a fellow surfer who came down with Diabetes. A football player took his fellow players to an orphanage in Mexico during off-season to teach the children (boys and girls alike) to play American football. When colleges look at your activities, what they notice are patterns of behavior that signify .mitment, passion, and persistence. You don’t have to be or do something incredible in order for colleges to take notice. In other words, you don’t have to be an Olympic star or a Hollywood actress or win some national volunteer award. Don’t get me wrong, if you have somehow be.e a superstar, kudos and congratulations! But for the most part, colleges select students who have consistently participated in one, two or three school or after-school activities and have performed in some remarkable way. Many students believe that the more they do, the more colleges will be impressed. That’s not really the case. Quantity of activities isn’t as important as quality. For example, a student I once counseled became interested in cooking when he was three years old. He learned to cook and literally cooked up a storm in the family kitchen throughout elementary and middle school. When he was fourteen, he entered and won a national cooking contest. But even beyond that, when he and his family traveled, he always looked for opportunities to learn about regional foods. When he was sixteen, he started a little catering business called Chef Fred In Your Home. For history classes, he often wrote papers with a food bent such as "The Culinary Habits of Victorians." He was also a volunteer teacher for a pre-school at which he taught children how to read and use math while learning to cook. What this kid did (without thinking about the implications of colleges) was take his interest and pursue it every which way he could. Guess what? He was admitted to a prestigious university and as a freshman met the Dean of Admissions, who said, "Oh, so you’re the cook we took in!" Whether it’s cooking, cycling, volunteering, or performing, start early and stay with it because that’s what colleges like to see. There is no better way of demonstrating who you are than by doing what you love. And that’s also the way to make extracurricular activities work for your college admissions. Copyright (c) 2010 Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz About the Author: 相关的主题文章: