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Applying to a top ranked liberal arts college or major research university for undergraduate study is very challenging. Thousands of students have perfect or near perfect high school transcripts and test scores. Unfortunately, outstanding high school grades and test scores only make you competitive with other applicants. Alone, these impressive records do not give you a winning edge.
You need to constructively differentiate yourself in a very competitive field of applicants. Selective undergraduate institutions seek applicants with exceptional character, academic motivation and aptitude, sound judgment, demonstrated leadership, and effective team working skills. Your application needs to present persuasive and conclusive evidence of these characteristics.
Your personal statement is a critical aspect of building a persuasive case for admission to a selective college or university. However, it would be a mistake to claim that you walk on water. Your personal statement should be credible and authentic. In addition to providing evidence of your achievement and potential for future growth, you also want to humanize your application. Revealing where you have failed or stumbled and how you have recovered is also useful. Showing that you grow from challenges and learn from mistakes is an important part of a young person's development.
You need to provide the admissions committee with a compelling narrative about your life and character. People invest in people. Demonstrate why you have the will, resolve, and ability to uniquely succeed at their demanding college or university. Communicate your interest in a liberal arts education, but your ability to especially excel in particular intellectual, athletic, and/or extracurricular areas.
Colleges seek well rounded and highly focused students. Your have the challenge of convincing your prospective college that you will significantly add to the intellectual and cultural diversity of their institution. However, finding a way to distinguish yourself in a very crowded field of impressive candidates may be a more daunting challenge that you anticipate.
I will be there to help you make one of the most important decisions of your life: where to attend college. But, first you need to get in. I can help you with that part of the process as well.
Four years of undergraduate study is a long time. The decisions you make as a high school student may warrant re-evaluation as you mature into an accomplished undergraduate student. Transferring to a top ranked liberal arts college or major research university for undergraduate study may be a wise consideration.
However, you need to present a convincing and compelling case for why you should transfer to a particular undergraduate institution. Why did you not attend there in the first place? Were you previously rejected? Did you turn them down after you were accepted? Did you not apply to them before? Why? These are delicate questions that deserve your frank and candid response.
You need to build an effective argument for why you are now a better match for your prospective college than your current institution. This should be a tactful but candid statement. Building a new relationship is a two-way process. You also need to convey the benefits that the institution will enjoy by having you transfer to their campus. How will you now uniquely enrich their campus?
Transferring to a top ranked college or university is a very challenging process. However, for a select few, the proposal of studying at a new institution is accepted. Developing effective arguments in your personal statement is difficult. However, I can help you move forward with this process.
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