Parents should otherwise stay on the sidelines, cheering but not interfering. No matter how anxious they may get, mom and dad must resist the urge to call the admissions office pretending to be their child, because they're guaranteed to sound more like a 40-year-old than a 17-year-old. It happens.
Acing the Essay.To pick a topic and deliver it compellingly: Brainstorm. Ask family and friends what to write about. Focus on what matters to you and why. Show, don't tell. Use vivid examples. Seek feedback. Ask a friend to read your essay, and ask, "Does this sound like me?" It should. Take your time. Don't do your essay at the last minute. Selling yourself takes polish.
Killer Extracurrics.Show that you've chosen what you love. A passionate dedication to the cello or math trumps a long list of club memberships or hours of obligatory community service. Convey lessons. What drew you in, and what did you learn? Provide details. President of the poetry society? Say how many members the club has and what you do. Show commitment. How much work did you put into the newspaper or lacrosse team?
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