The short answer is this: it’s okay to discuss religion in your essay as long as the take-away (or values) promoted in the essay are universal. Here’s what I mean:
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1. Don’t write about the school's size, location, reputation or the weather.
Why? Because that's what half of America is writing about. Take a hint from Emory University, whose “Why us” essay used to read:
Unfortunately, not all high school AP programs are created equal. Even though colleges put your AP exams in the context of how many were offered at your school, there are major tuition savings to be had from doing well on more AP exams. If you find yourself wanting to take an AP exam that your school does not offer, here is how you can ace the exams on your own:
Pick Your Textbook
This is an important decision as it will form the basis of your self-study journey, especially for exams that have recently gotten a facelift from the CollegeBoard. For such exams, like AP Biology in the 2012-2013 school year, you will want to Google “SUBJECT NAME textbook correlations”.
For most redesigned exam, the CollegeBoard collects correlation assessments from textbook publishers to ensure that their books align with the exam frameworks. This is usually the ideal way to pick the best textbook.
If a comprehensive correlations document is not available, then you can look for the “SUBJECT NAME example textbook list”, which is more commonly available. Get the latest edition whenever possible and if you can’t decide, just go with whichever one you think has the most reputable publisher behind it.
Either way, do not spend too much time obsessing over the textbook you use – the important thing is how you will use it.
In part one of this two-part post, I referenced five ways to differentiate yourself in preparation for applying to college.
The first five tips were:
- Do what you love
- Distinguish yourself at school
- Distinguish yourself in your community
- Get a job or an internship
- Do some independent research
As it gets more and more difficult to be accepted to college, students everywhere are keen to stand out. The good news is that with just a little thought, and some planning, you can. Here's a handy-dandy “top ten” list of sure-fire ways to distinguish yourself when applying to college. In part 1, I’ll share my first five tips, and in part two (to come in a few weeks) I’ll round out my top ten.
Every time a reader picks up a new application, he or she must wonder: "Is this going to be another generic snooze-fest of an essay or the dynamic proclamation of an individual thinker?" Guess into which category you want to fall?
I recently spoke with a former college admissions officer who mentioned that a lot of applicants fail to give supplemental essays their proper attention. Instead, these students focus all of their energy on the main essay. While it’s obviously important to have a knockout personal statement, overlooking the supplemental essays could be a fatal error in judgment. Every individual piece of your application matters. Here’s how to maximize the positive impact of your college application supplemental essays.
FILL IN THE BLANKS
The personal statement isn’t your life story – it’s one story, hopefully with a lot of character and detail, but still – just one story. The supplements allow you to mine from other stories in your life – various skills, interests, or challenges you’ve overcome. Use your quirks, your passions, and your unique life experiences to give your application greater depth. It’s an opportunity to share another side of yourself – something that wouldn’t necessarily be on your resume. Doing so will give the admissions committee a fuller picture of who you are. Your supplemental essays should help illustrate the many facets of your personality, and you’ll leave the impression of a real person instead of just grades on a page.
Recently, a number of students who have worked with MyGuru for ACT or SAT tutoring have followed up asking about SAT subject tests. Their main question has been which SAT subject tests should I take?
Though there are many factors that play into the college admissions process, your score on the ACT carries a lot of weight. It can influence not only what colleges you get accepted to, but also the availability and amount of scholarship funds, and is therefore not to be underestimated. If you weren’t the best student in high school, and thus don’t have the best grades, doing well on the ACT represents an opportunity to partially make up for less than stellar academic performance in high school. So, it can really be viewed as an exciting opportunity, instead of a stressful requirement.
With that in mind, here are 5 strategies you can apply to get the best score possible.