It’s that time of year when seniors begin sitting down to
fill out college applications. And when they do, a lot of those seniors
will be wondering, “What do these colleges want to hear?” and “What are they
looking for ?” and “Would winning the presidency of a small but
quickly-developing country improve my chances???”
While colleges aren’t looking for just one type of student,
there are certain things every college would like you to be, especially when
you’re filling out applications.
1. Be focused.
When you fill out your applications, remember that more
information isn’t always better. Admissions officers are inundated with
material at this time of year. If you send them a five page resume listing everything
you’ve done since birth, they won’t be able to tell who you are and what you
really care about. Focus on activities that really matter to you.
Don’t include extra materials unless the college encourages you to do so.
And most importantly, remember that you have a limited amount of space to use
to help them get to know you. It's better to use that space to share a
lot about the most important parts of your life than it is to share a little