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Will Older Siblings' College Choices Hurt My Own Admission Verdicts?

Question: Hello!  I’m the youngest of three kids. My older siblings were excellent students. They were each admitted to some very selective schools. Obviously, they could each only attend one school, so they had to decline offers from quite a few schools. I will be applying to a few of the schools that my sibs declined.  In fact, those schools are my top choice schools.

 Will admissions counselors look down on my application because my sibs were accepted and decided not to attend?  This is keeping me awake at night.Thanks for your help!

As you’ve undoubtedly realized by now, being the baby of the family is a mixed bag. You probably scored better stuff (technology, bikes, etc.) at an earlier age than your older siblings did because it took your parents some trial-and-error to figure out what was cool … and perhaps because your big brother, who got his first TracFone when he was 15, wangled you an iPhone at 11.  But, on the other hand, you may have headed off to kindergarten with a Care Bears backpack, handed down through your family for a decade, while the other kids showed up with Sponge Bob.

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