So, what if you haven’t won prestigious awards, earned a
perfect score on the SAT, or invented plutonium during your high school
years? Don’t worry. Impressing colleges isn’t as hard as you might
think it is. Here are five college admissions tips, none of which require
that you invent a radioactive chemical element.
1. Raise your hand.
Colleges don’t just want students who plow through courses
and get good grades; they want students who are engaged in class, who like to learn,
and who make contributions by participating. In fact, that’s why colleges
ask for letters of recommendation from your teachers–to learn if you’ve
demonstrated these qualities. So put your hand up, ask questions and
contribute to class discussions.