Students who have built up solid GPAs, posted strong standardized test scores, and invested time and energy to develop extracurricular activities that they are passionate about have done most of the hard work…but they’re not quite finished yet!
Students must still take the final step and present themselves truthfully but compellingly in their college applications. The college essay, recommendations and interview are crucial framing devices that contextualize a student’s achievements, focus attention on his or her strengths and add personality and three-dimensionality to a list of achievements.
In the next series of posts, I’ll explain how to write a stellar college essay (also called the personal statement). While most of these recommendations are obviously directed at rising seniors, students at earlier stages of their high school careers should still pay attention, since it’s never too early to be on the lookout for the activities and experiences that can inspire a powerful college essay. I’ll also provide tips for lining up strong recommendations and nailing the college interview.
Danny is the CEO of FLEX College Prep. Danny’s core focus is on helping young people get the best advice, and be the best students they can be. His team of professionals are also personal coaches, and great people, driven by the same passion for helping people.