The Building Blocks of College Admissions Success

The Building Blocks of College Admissions Success

WARNING: This blog post is FULL of information. Read carefully, and as always--feel free to email me or comment if you have questions.

 

THE 4 BUILDING BLOCKS: GPA, SAT/ACT, RESUME, ESSAYS

GPA

  • Carefully choose your AP courses
    • Remember: Quality over quantity!
    • It is best to have an increase in AP course load over time
    • Work hard to earn a 4 or 5 on AP tests (these can count for college credit!)
  • Stay on top of your GPA
    • Strive for an upward trend in grades
    • Junior year = most important year grade-wise
    • Get tutoring before it is too late!
  • Consider taking courses that will count for college credit
    • Look into summer courses at HCC (these can also help substantiate your major choice)
  • Choose electives wisely, NOT AT RANDOM!
    • Choose courses that show a demonstrated interest in a certain field
      • Ex: taking AP Anatomy for people wanting to go into medicine

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STANDARDIZED TESTING

  • Take practice ACT/SAT tests in 9th & 10th grade
  • Begin test-specific prep the summer before 11th grade
  • Take SAT/ACT in 11th grade
  • Consider SAT Subject tests to demonstrate mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and language

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RESUME BUILDING: IMPACT & ENGAGEMENT

EXTRACURRICULARS:

  • Over-scheduling --> under-impacting
  • Find ways to be a leader (even if you don't have the title of President, you can still find ways to lead new projects and initiatives!)
  • Choose quality experiences that could possibly translate into a future career
    • Ex: joining HOSA if you want to go into medicine

VOLUNTEER/WORK/INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES:

  • If possible, choose quality experiences that show a demonstrated interest in a certain field

SUMMER EXPERIENCES:

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ESSAYS: MAKING YOU A HUMAN, NOT A FILE

  • Essays are STORIES
  • This is your chance to show maturity & the ability to self-reflect
  • These can also be used as a tool to explain things that are not in the application otherwise
  • Carefully choose your story
    • Avoid touchy subjects
    • The most important part of your story is how you GREW/CHANGED
  • Start writing the essays the summer before senior year

 

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