How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Into Your College of Choice - Part 2

Part of the stress involved with filling out college applications is worrying whether or not you'll be getting into the college of your choice. But selecting one college and putting all of your hope into that acceptance letter can lead to lots of frustration. Here are 5 more tips to help you get into one of (if not the) colleges of your choice.

6. Be Careful on Social Media

Just as when you're applying for jobs after school, it's important to keep your social media profiles nice and clean. It's one thing to show off a little bit of humor and personality, but make sure your online persona reflects your good, professional attributes as well. In fact, your acceptance to one of your dream colleges could be retracted after the fact if something shows up on your social media later on!

7. Prep for Each Interview

Applying for college is a lot like applying for a job in many ways. Consider the interview to be like a job interview, in that you will want to demonstrate a genuine interest and understanding of the university to which you are applying. Show up with a good, solid understanding of the university's history, their top programs and their philosophies on education. Showing an interest gives you a leg-up on the competition and makes you more memorable to recruiters.

8. Write a Unique Essay

Get used to the essay writing process, in general. Most scholarships require an essay, and most universities require an essay. When it comes to writing a good admissions essay, some students tend to fall back on cliche tropes. An ideal college essay should: 1) Highlight something that is important to you and meaningful; 2) Specifically answer the question posed; 3) Not try too hard to be funny (if funny comes natural to you that's great, but don't force it because a poorly taken joke or ill-placed bit of humor can have a negative impact); 4) Not be written based on what you think the university "wants" to hear; be you and use your own unique voice and perspective; 5) Be rigorously edited, revised and proofread.

9. Work Hard and be Yourself!

If you're reading this, chances are you're like the vast majority of college applicants: you aren't being handed a college education on a silver platter. You have to work hard to get to where you want to get. But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice being yourself. Colleges want hard workers, yes. They want to know they're going to be getting a new crop of students who have the drive to graduate. But they also want a diverse campus of unique individuals who can learn from each other and bring different world views together and make the college experience a great one. So find what you're interested in, show off your personality, work hard to get good grades and most of all, just do you.

10. Get Help!

You will have all kinds of resources available to you as you start on your academic journey. Counselors, teachers, parents and advisors are all there to help guide you. But, sometimes it can be very hard to even know where to start. As an education consultant, my specialty is helping students figure out the best approach to achieving academic success--whatever that means for each person. I have a four-step process that takes a lot of the stress out of the college admissions process, and I can help provide some clarity and help you build an impressive academic portfolio that you can use when you start applying to colleges. Don't hesitate to reach out and we can have a free consultation about your needs and concerns, and we will get to work getting you into the college of your choice.
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