Students need to pursue their passions, and demonstrate determination, commitment, and talent. Colleges look for students who will contribute something to their community, and that is why Step Five emphasizes the importance of involvement, leadership, and focus outside of class.
Students do not need to add a ton of activities to their
schedule. Rather, they can stay with the few things they
do well and really enjoy. We summarize the first five
steps of the process here by helping students build their
personal pie chart, which includes their academic performance
as well as their special interests. Step Five integrates
the half of the admission process that focuses on a student's
getting to know himself or herself. Once that is accomplished,
you can move forward in evaluating those institutions
that fit you best.
What often surprises families, parents
and students alike, is that they are in control of the
college admissions process. Once you realize this, you
have the power to know yourself, and then know where you
should pursue your higher education.
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William Shain, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Vanderbilt
University discusses the importance of extra curricular