College Admission: Quick Tip #9

Quick Tip #9 Appeal to emotion

When applying to college or graduate school many of the requirements involve numbers. The applicant must meet a certain GPA, have a specific ACT, SAT, GMAT, or MCAT score, enroll in a predetermined number of units, pass the required classes, and volunteer a fixed number of hours. In these sections the reviewer will ask: does the applicant check the boxes or not? (Whether or not this method is the best way to determine an applicant’s potential academic growth is a post for another day…)

However, numbers aren’t everything! The personal statement is one of the few chances the applicant has to appeal to the emotions of the reviewer. With this statement, the applicant has the ability to demonstrate their successes separate from their numbers. 

That’s why it’s important to write a unique and interesting story that answers the prompt and doesn’t just repeat what’s already on the application. You want the reviewer to feel like they are walking beside you; don’t be afraid to pull on their emotional heart strings so that you stay memorable in a sea of applications. More often than not, the achievements an applicant has demonstrated in their personal life are a much better indicator in predicting their future successes. 

Therefore, even if you do or don’t meet all the numerical requirements for the application, it’s important to take the time to write a stellar personal essay! These essays can truly make the difference in your admission results.

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