"Recommendations are probably the second best thing as far as what we take a look at," he says. "Because it's a third party who says 'I'm taking time to write about this student and what they've done' and that certainly says a lot."
Ultimately, students should submit comprehensive applications that include any extracurricular activity that helps give admissions officials a holistic view of the applicant.
"It's not just about what your accomplishments are but what your dreams are and how you want to push forward with that, with your passion. Everyone is excited about what they've accomplished but it's what you can accomplish with what you've already done – that's what's awesome. That's what schools will definitely look at and really grab a hold of," Pergolizzi says.
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