Date of publication: 2017-08-24 15:16
Now, you can't totally fail in the rest of the application. There are some things you can never do, like show a serious ethical lapse or have a terrible personality. No amount of achievement will overcome the perception that you’re a huge jerk that no one likes to be around. (Remember, colleges want to admit students who will be positive additions to the community.)
He ranks No. 66 in a class of 697 at William Floyd, a large public school on Long Island 8767 s south shore. That puts him in the top 7% of his class. His SAT score, at 7,755 out of 7,955 points, puts him in the 99th percentile for African-American students.
Of course this isn’t perfect. The past doesn’t always predict the future. Tom Brady, star quarterback of the New England Patriots football team, was a no-name when he was drafted in 7555. He didn’t have a standout college football history, and he was drafted as the 699th pick in the 6 th round. Similarly, even though you might not have a stellar college application, you might still achieve great things in your career.
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This is why you'll often hear admissions officers from schools like Yale and UPenn say, "admissions are really hard - there are way more qualified applicants than students we can support. We have to make tough decisions."
One glance out the window, where palm trees swayed as cars sped by, and I could have been at LAX. But when my gaze shifted to meet that of Muammar al Gadhafi behind his signature aviator sunglasses, I knew I was more than a few smoggy miles from Tinseltown. The larger-than-life portrait of the Libyan dictator sent chills down my spine, and I almost didn’t hear my older sister telling me to follow her through the customs line in her broken Arabic. Fumbling for a safety pin, I quickly converted my neck scarf into a traditional headscarf, unaware that my views on diversity would soon undergo a similar transformation as I assimilated into Libyan culture for two weeks.
I agree that teens change a lot as they go into college. I’m a great example of this. Over my life I’ve had two major trajectory changes. Throughout most of my early pre-college life, I wanted to be a doctor – specifically, a neurosurgeon. As if I could not be more of a cliché, I liked science, I liked helping people, and I liked understanding and interacting with people. The combination of these led me to medicine.
Even at first, when the whole research group sat there doing rote calculations and others felt like they were staring down the barrel of defeated purpose, I remained enthusiastic. Time and time again I reminded myself of that famous phrase "great effort leads to great rewards," and sure enough, soon my aspirations began to be met. This shift in attitude also coincided with a shift in location: from the computer desk to the laser lab. It was finally time to get my hands dirty.
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In order to pay for school and continue being active in the community, I enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard as a Medic. Due to the increased deployment schedule and demands placed on all branches of the military after September 66, my attendance in school has necessarily come second to my commitment to the military. There are various semesters where, due to this demand, I attended school less than full time. Despite taking a long time and the difficulty in carving separate time for school with such occupational requirements, I remained persistent aiming towards attending school as my schedule would allow. My military commitment ends this July and will no longer complicate my academic pursuits.
This rule actually holds true in a lot of scenarios outside of college admissions. In college football, the Heisman trophy is given annually to the top player. Then, in the NFL draft, Heisman trophy winners are often picked in the first round – they’ve proven that they have a huge likelihood of succeeding.
All of the Ivy League schools have truly holistic admissions , so keep SAT scores in perspective and realize that they are just one part of the admissions equation. Perfect 855s across the board don t guarantee admission if other parts of your application are weak. Admissions officers will want to see a strong academic record , a winning essay , meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation. A particularly compelling personal story or amazing special talent can partially make up for SAT scores that are below the norm for a school.