OK, tbh,I don’t know exactly how I got into the school I did – college admissions is such a crazy system, and sometimes the only thing separating a rejected applicant from an admitted one is pure luck.
However, there are certain things I did in my high school career that definitely factored into my admission. Hopefully, this will be helpful to you – let me know in the comments below what your tips are for college applications!
1. Study, study, study
College, first and foremost, is an academic environment – so make sure you are showing that you can handle rigorous courses. I didn’t have straight As in high school, but my ‘bad’ grades were in AP courses that I chose to challenge. I didn’t always do well, but I learned a lot, and looked forward to my classes. So, while making sure you’re taking care of your health (see my previous post for more details), go for the challenging classes. I believe in you!
2. Do the things you’re passionate about, and do them a lot
Some people are into soccer. Others are musicians – I’ve got a friend who has a successful ghost hunting radio show, so really, any passion can be turned into something productive. For me, my big things were always volunteering and writing, and most of my big life experiences centered around those two things. It’s better to do a couple of things for years, than try to participate in everything, then quit from exhaustion a few months later.
3. Your essays should show who you are…but in the best way possible
My essays were super personal, raw, and also a little corny…just like my sense of humour. You have to pack the last eighteen years of your life into a resume and handful of essays, but just relax. You know yourself best, so just write from the heart. Oh, and don’t use hashtags. #yolo #aint #legit