You put in the hard work and have the grades and SAT/ACT scores to get into your dream college. So do tens of thousands of students from all over the world! How do you stand out?
The admission committee decisions and their processes are not in your control. You cannot change them. But you can stand out and influence them by using your personal statement to shine and demonstrate the value you will bring to the college.
The key word is 'value'. It is not about your awesome grades and scores. That is a given and is used to filter out candidates. You have to figure out ways to stand out and get in. One way is take the subject SAT and demonstrate your interest in your field (assuming you know that). Another way is to write a great personal statement. We suggest you do both.
How do you communicate your value?
You have to pass three tests
You have to show: 1) what is unique to you, 2) what is important to the college, and 3) that your claims are defensible.
And when you have something that’s unique to you, important to the customer (the college) and defensible, you have a Power Position – a value proposition that actually communicates real value to the prospect. And that is how you can stand out.
But how do you do that? Here are some pointers.
Yes, everyone talks about passion, but how do you show that? One way is to reveal something new about yourself. Whether it’s how a mentor helped you realize your potential, or an event that’s shaped who you are today, write about something with substance that adds a new dimension to your application. Another is strong interest in a field. Maybe, you love collecting beanie babies, and you have a large collection enough to fill a room!
Tell a Story
Philip Pullman once said: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
Think about it: You see politicians create a “story” for their campaign, and focus a lot of their efforts speaking with the public in crafting and standing by these stories. One of the worst things you can do is bore the admission officer. Make yourself memorable by telling a story about something distinctive from a creative or different angle. With this advice, your personal statement will be the highlight of your application. And that is what you want to stand out.
Admission committees don't have much time to read. Use certain keywords to highlight what you are communicating. Help your reader along. Make your passion and story grab the attention admissions officer, and then make your keywords literally jump off the page and highlight the value you bring to the college and defend your claims.
Need help to write your essay? Contact us and we will be happy to help you write a personal statement that will get you into your dream school. Of course, you will have to have the right GPA and test scores, and we can help with that as well. Remember, the magic numbers are 3.5 and 30!