Which colleges or independent private (boarding) schools you apply to will be determined by your academic prowess. Referred to in many cases as Academic Qualities: grades, test scores, and rigor of curriculum. And, while your hard work has earned you the right to apply to selective, and in some cases highly selective universities and private high schools, most everyone in those applicant pools have very similar academic qualities. So guess what, your academic achievements ARE NOT what’s going to get you admitted to the school of your dreams.
The personal qualities you reveal in your essays!
And, don’t make the mistake of believing your essay should be the same as an English or research paper, a test of your vocabulary, or a recap of your transcript and resume.
Each year admissions officers read thousands of student applications, and every year the number of applications keep growing. You can imagine, after a while most applications begin to look and sound the same. The role of your essay, when done well, is to maximize your college and private school options.
Admissions to colleges and selective independent high schools are increasingly competitive and students need every possible advantage to stand out from peers with similar scores, grades and interests. Your essay can be the difference maker! DOTS Educational Consulting can help you create an essay that engages your voice, your passions, and your experiences.
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