But What Else...

My child is a great student. He is a top debater. He is an athlete. He has a part-time job. He is the President of Student Council. Isn’t this enough? Will my child’s application be strong enough for highly selective colleges? Unfortunately, there is no easy and/or complete answer to this question. In my ten years as a counselor, I have met with countless admissions directors, from colleges and universities across the country. “How do you differentiate between similarly perfect students?” I ask, in the hopes of getting a substantive answer. Here is what I have learned: Walk the walk. If you say you want to be an engineer, prove it. Make sure your high school academic history includes severa

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