Your College Applications: Don't Be Modest

When it comes to your college applications, don’t be modest. Of course, don’t be arrogant, either. High school students often have difficulty putting their best foot forward. Sometimes this is a matter of genuine, natural modesty. Sometimes it’s a matter of low self-esteem. But when it comes to applying to college, hold back nothing.

Long ago, there was a Canon camera television commercial with (then) tennis star, Andre Agassi, where he says confidently, “Image is everything!” In the world of college admissions, you have to have substance behind your application, naturally. But it doesn’t hurt to work on your image a bit.

This is where your so-called student profile comes in. What is a student profile? Well, there is no such thing as a “student profile form.” You have to create an image of yourself through various means, such as essays, short responses, your activities list, and maybe even interviews. The result is that the admission staff at the colleges where you are applying should get a complete picture of you from these smaller pieces. It’s the mosaic principle.

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