Getting admitted into a good college is easier said than done. Every year, students worldwide go through this painful process in hopes of having a brighter future, but it’s not easy. In this blog, I’ll shed light on the best practices for getting into a US college, based on my experience when I applied to Boston University.
Admission consulting is essential and helped me a lot. With over 60,000 students applying to Boston University, the competition is fierce. These agencies are here to provide you with valuable insights on how you should apply. Nonetheless, their real value lies in how they give you tips to make sure your application stands out from the rest.
Admission counseling played a big role in my quest to get accepted into one of the top universities in the United States.
When I started my journey to Boston University, I had assumed that more is better. I figured I should take as many Advanced Placement (AP) classes as possible until an education consultant advised me to take core AP classes. This would ensure I had enough free time to focus on other critical areas.
Most colleges already expect applicants to do more AP classes than what's required. Research from the best college admissions counselors and leading educational consulting firms in Hong Kong shows this. By taking too many AP classes, you run the risk of making your application look too generic because you won’t have time to concentrate on extracurricular activities.
Research shows extracurricular activities are key to getting accepted into most universities worldwide. Even though I was already a bookworm, I decided to take up a variety of extracurricular activities and sure enough, it paid off.
For instance, I played sports such as tennis and football in high school. Thanks to advice from admission experts, I also discovered the importance of mind sports. Few applicants do non-physical sports like chess, toastmasters, debate, etc. But those that do are more likely to get accepted as most colleges prefer students with diverse backgrounds.
While mind sports might seem not as exciting or interesting as traditional sports, try them out. You might be surprised, and as I experienced, they’ll help you get into college.
Through admission consulting, I was able to paint a picture of myself as a student. This image portrayed me as an outstanding, yet unique learner. I used simple terms in my essays, and the admissions board appreciated by concise, direct language. Honesty is the best policy and combined with a bit of creative thinking they’ll be sure to consider your application. Remember, your essays are what set you apart from other applicants.
The entire process was stressful and boring, but dedication, determination, and discipline kept me going. The process had its fair share of ups and downs too. Fortunately, I had the support of admission consultants, and together with resilience, I was successful. The combination of AP classes, extracurricular activities, and clear essays helped me get into Boston University.