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Step 5- Excel Outside of Class
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
William Shain, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Vanderbilt University discusses the importance of extra curricular activities.
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