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The Ups & Downs of Being Well-Rounded

Submitted by Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy on October 16th, 2012

As freshmen and sophomores in high school, college admissions is focused on being eligible for application.  The academic classes that need completing (also known as A-G requirements for the UC & CSU systems), as well as extracurricular activities that are included in any college application means that most applicants are going to start looking the same–well-rounded individuals with the same qualifications.  The extracurricular activities that the student chooses according to his/her interests will help distinguish them from the pack eventually.  That’s the difficulty in college admissions, just given how the process is set up.  Everyone must meet a basic set of criteria, with limited choices–and then by the time the applicant is a senior, he/she is now struggling to distinguish themselves in their essays, so amongst the other 1000’s of applications, they can be competitive for admissions.

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