Writing a Unique Personal Statement (eBook)
Most selective top colleges and universities are taking a ‘holistic’ or comprehensive approach to reviewing college applications. They’re looking for something besides just cold, hard data. GPAs and test scores are important, but those data points can’t tell colleges about you as an individual.
In holistic review, institutions look beyond the grades and scores to determine academic potential, drive and leadership ability.
Why is this good for the applicant? Because this approach allows for outlier applicants—applicants outside the average data range of GPA and test scores-- to get the consideration for acceptance that they deserve.
So, what are admissions officials looking for in their “holistic review” of your application that makes them think twice about an applicant with low or average GPA and SAT scores? It’s no secret: They are looking for uniqueness, motivation, and leadership.
An applicant who views his or her personal essay as an opportunity to display those three characteristics will get the attention of the admissions officer.
This guide is designed for the self-motivated student who is willing to look deeply at what inspires him or her towards higher education in order to craft a unique personal statement.
Ready? Let’s start writing!
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