You will be defined by the college you go to – because of the opportunities that will come with it . Opportunities, however, are only worth what you make of them.
Colleges know that, and want to admit the students who have shown they can make the best of their opportunities.
The real question to ask is not, “Will I get into my dream college?” It is, “What am I doing now that makes me worthy of getting in?”
Volv is a unique coaching program, that brings to the college admission context a proven approach, that has been the cornerstone of success for many highly successful people.
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“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” President Kennedy said in 1961. At this time, no American had even travelled to space.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. realized that dream. There were many decisions that led to this landmark achievement, the first, and most important, being we started off with the right kind of dream.
What is the right kind of dream? The right kind of dream
- is not vague like “be a good student.” It is clear at any point, if you have achieved it or not.
- has a deadline by when it needs to be achieved.
- is really hard. There is no formula for success, and even if you do everything you can, there is only a slightly more chance of success than failure.
- cannot be achieved in a short period of time.
- will require you to up your game, and get better.
If that sounds a bit like a college admission dreams, it is!
The little known secret of successful people is that they embrace the right kind of dreams, over and over in life. They don’t always succeed, but they know they wouldn’t ever succeed otherwise.
And, they always get better.
Are you ready to embrace your dream? Are you ready to up your game?
To get into the college of your choice, you need not have PERFECT grades and scores and extracurricular activities; in short, you need not be perfect in everything. Identify what truly stands out in you and realize that as your differentiator. Remember, you are SPECIAL
and your experiences make you the person you are.
Your college admission officer is looking for interesting and unique students. Being YOU is what makes you unique and interesting. Bring that out in your essay in your own voice and voila!, you have become that.
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Please don’t start another club at school just to impress admissions officers. And, for heaven’s sake, don’t become Executive Director of something meaningless, just to get it on your resume.
It is true that admissions officers won’t figure out how awesome a leader you are, unless you show them. However, there are better ways to do that.
Tell them how the stamp collections changed when you and your friends could more easily exchange stamps, and they will know you are an enabler. Tell the stories the stamps tell you, and they will know you are a true stamp enthusiast.
When you say that you started a stamp collector’s club, and grew membership ten fold: don’t expect them to not guess the membership went from 1 to 10, and that most of the people did you a favor when they joined. Admissions officers are too smart for that.
And, more importantly, this little secret will bring you success with college admission and beyond.
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The question is not : am I special? You are. There is no one who has lived the life you have. There is no one who sees things exactly as you do. There is no one who enjoys things exactly the way you do. There is no one who can be more you. The question is: how am I special? Figure that out, because
- In spite of you being – just – you know – regular, you are special
- Special does not mean genius or international champion or world record holder, and college admissions officers consider it your job to know the difference
Which picture are you showing your college admissions officer?
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