Be a Triple Threat: Combine Academics, Activities and Community
these factors into consideration, WHSH and ACT have partnered to
provide advice to parents and students on how to score an A+ with
admissions officers. Here's a plan for success:
and Test Scores Matter. Grade point averages make it very easy for
admissions officers to set standard requirements, so focus on study
skills and the classroom. But remember to incorporate more challenging
advanced placement or honors classes into the schedule because colleges
like to see students stretching themselves. This way, they will
demonstrate academic strengths and, possibly even receive college
credit. Also, make summer breaks count. Suggest that students study
a second language in depth, volunteer, or get an internship.
the Books. Universities are looking for students who exhibit a passion
for more than just schoolwork, but they prefer quality to quantity.
What matters most is the commitment shown in extracurricular activities,
not how many joined.
back. Community service has become an essential part of a studen's
overall portfolio. It demonstrates that they are active and responsible
citizens, and may also lead to a rewarding career path. Through
volunteer work, students are exposed to other individuals from different
backgrounds with the same interests as well as various organizations
within their community. Volunteering also provides a great platform
for students to hone networking skills.
Relationships. Since recommendations are highly regarded by admissions
officers, urge students to develop relationships with high school
faculty who can provide colleges with genuine insight on who they
are. What a school says about its students speaks volumes. After
applying to a college, students should show they?re truly interested
in it by keeping in contact with admissions counselors. Let them
know of recent achievements or seek information that is not available
in the school?s brochures. Even contact a professor to inquire about
their upcoming curriculum.
than grades. Inquire about award eligibility. Talk with the school's
principal or guidance counselor to find out about award and scholarship
opportunities. For more information on the Wendy's High School Heisman
program, log onto www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com
or call (800) 244-5161 to request a nomination packet to be sent
to the school administrator. ACT must receive all nominations by
September 24, 2003.
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