In the end, the success comes down to how well students convey their personality.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for students to set themselves apart—in most cases, it’s a missed opportunity,” says Mahoney.
“The application gives us good information to make our decision.
What we don’t hear with grades and test scores is a heart beating.
“It provides the universal essence of who I am and how I am going to describe myself.” The college admissions process is still somewhat mystical.
Schools hardly define their criteria, offering vague explanations about “mission” and “fit.” Test scores still matter—unless they don’t.
These are the only two schools where she was accepted.
Her dream school University of Virginia finally turned her down after long wait along with University of Chicago.
Some students get extremely personal, while others may not bare their deepest emotions but still make an impact.
“An application is a one-dimensional document that becomes three-dimensional through the essay,” Gaynor says.