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Move From Impressive to Intriguing in your College Applications
Jeannette Webb is founder of Aiming Higher Consultants, a high school planning and college consulting firm dedicated to helping homeschooled students reach their potential and successfully apply to their dream colleges. Learn more at aiminghigherconsultants.com. Jeannette is also the mother of two homeschool graduates who both went on to highly selective colleges, and she was our keynote speakers two summers ago at our PHAA High School at Home summer conference. We know manyvery happy families who've worked with her closely during the college application process, including many of the students in our Advanced Placement online courses (including international homeschoolers) as well as students in the PHAA diploma program here in PA. She's terrific!
[photo by Susan Richman, taken on Nov 2012 trip to Israel... what makes one rock more interesting than the next?]
It is autumn and my clients from around the world are working hard on presenting a winning application to the college of their dreams. And, some are shocked by the advice I give them.
If you want to catch an admissions officer's attention, seek to intrigue rather than impress.
What do I mean by that?
Your story (the compilation of essays, short answer questions, activity profile, counselor letter, teacher recommendations, school profile, transcript legend, and interviews) needs to be seamless. They should all agree with each other, but each piece doesn’t highlight the same things. It should give colleges a glimpse into your life that catches their attention and we do that by making it interesting, not by pounding them over the head with your accomplishments.
It’s amazing how often I have to rein mothers in! I totally understand because after 12 years of catching flack for homeschooling my kids I wanted to brag too!! But, we can’t go there. Trust me. Over and over again, I have to tell moms to....