Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished discusses his three college application insider tips.

Tip 1: Make the most out of your high school experience.
Tip 2: Don’t take the SAT more than three times.
Tip 3: If there is anything on your college application that may confuse admission officers, clarify this confusion in a separate note.

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Hi everyone. Alexis here; Founder of Prepped & Polished. Having a good
college application will help your chances getting into a college. Recently
spoke to several admission directors at some top colleges in the area and
came away with some really interesting info. Here are 3 college application
insider tips. Let’s get started.

Tip Number 1 is take full advantage of high school by taking lots of
extracurricular activities, volunteer experiences, and work experiences,
especially if you come from privilege. You want to show that you took full
advantage of the support you were given; otherwise, you’ll come across as
lazy and complacent. Colleges don’t like lazy and complacent students. Take
advantage of your opportunities.

Tip Number 2 is don’t take the SAT more than 3 times; colleges don’t like
that. In fact, they say that you should have spent your time more wisely in
other areas. Don’t take the SAT 6 times; volunteer somewhere.

Tip Number 3 is if there’s anything on your college application that may
cause confusion to admission officers, clarify that confusion in a separate
note on your application. For example, if you’re a straight-A student and
you got a D freshman year, explain the D.

Overall, you want college admission officers who are reading your college
application to come away with the impression that you’re a good human
being, that you’re going to contribute to society, and you’re going to take
full advantage of your college experience. I wish you good luck on your
college applications. I’ll talk to you soon.

Which of these three tips do you find most helpful? What are some other ways to strengthen a college application?

Post your tips/comments below.

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