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Monday, January 12, 2015

Tips For Putting Together A Sparkling College Application Packet

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To a lot of people, getting into the college of their choice is one of the most important things they could imagine, but even though a lot of people fret over whether or not they will get into this college that they so desperately want to be admitted to, many of these same people fail to realize that they have a lot of say in whether or not this particular school accepts them; while a lot of things go into "whether or not a particular school accepts a particular student," one of the most important things - and certainly the thing over which the student has the most direct control - is the application packet.

As you put together your application packet (or as you help your child put together their application packet), the first thing you will want to do is highlight your strengths; realize that each college has a certain number of spots they can award each year, and you will need to stand out from all the other students applying in order to be one of the students who is awarded one of these spots.

Not only will you want to highlight your strengths, but you will also want to highlight the things that the school itself is looking for when it comes to application packets - and of course, in order to do this, you will need to know exactly what it is that these schools are looking for. A lot of students have good grades (in fact, it is likely that far more students than you realize have good grades!), and if you are applying to a competitive, highly-ranked school, a lot of students will also have high test scores, but one thing that not all students will have, and that will set you apart from your competitors in the eyes of the school itself, is strong extracurricular activity; make sure you are involved in as much as you can be involved in outside of school, and highlight these things in your application packet, and you will make yourself far more appealing to the colleges you apply to.

And lastly, be aware of the fact that some students attempt to downplay their "weaknesses" (whether these weaknesses are subpar grades, poor test scores, or a lack of strong extracurricular activity), but rather than doing this, focus instead on turning these weaknesses into strengths - and you will move that much closer to admittance into the college of your choice!

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