The College Admissions Process-Many Pieces to the Puzzle

The college application presents an opportunity…to create a valuable picture of who you are by placing many pieces to your personal puzzle together to tell your unique story.  Each puzzle piece is a necessary part of your package.  It is the only way a college admissions office can evaluate whether you are a necessary piece needed to maximize the energy and vibe of their incoming class.

Numbers Do Matter…but only tell part of your story

 Whether we like it or not, your cumulative GPA and standardized test scores allow admissions offices to gauge where you stand when compared to other applicants from other high schools across the country and internationally.  Do your best and don’t look back!  Work your hardest (with balance) to achieve the highest GPA possible, with a comfortable but competitively rigorous course load.  Study for the necessary standardized tests and focus.  More is not always better.  1 or 2 great ACT or SAT scores (the best that you are able) speak volumes.  These numbers and rigor come first and foremost in admissions decisions so do your job now and never look back with regret! Certain numbers are necessary to get you in the game for each college or university.  Then the rest of your story can be told and they will try to fit you into their puzzle!

Be Authentic

You are your greatest asset.  Find a way to show college admissions officers who you “really” are, what “really” matters to you, and what “really” makes you tick.  Speak to the admissions office through your application and tell them what you find exciting and most interesting.  Let them know how you define “fun”.  Your college essays, recommendations, activities and involvements should all be telling the same story.  If it matters to you, it will come across loud and clear in your application.  If you are searching for a story, that too will be clear and much less marketable.

Develop Communication and Negotiation Skills

 In the world of cell phones, computers and social media, our children have had less of an opportunity to practice communicating with others face-to-face than the generation before them.  Encourage your children to pick up a newspaper or read a good book.  Then help them establish the habit of discussion while thinking out of the box.  Every college and future employer wants a thinker and communicator.