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Because we've had so many questions from 11th graders working on their personal statements, we created a separate series to help students discover their best topic, structure a compelling story, and add the kind of polish that stands out. I'll be sending it in advance of Spring Break.
To receive the 5-part [How to ACE Your Personal Statement] email series simply email me with "ACE" in the subject line— I'll personally add you to the list.
⏰ Measure This
As Peter Drucker said, "What gets measured, gets managed." Because colleges use GPA's (in context) to sort through applications, many students are painfully aware of their grade average down to a hundredth of a point.
Here's the thing though: colleges care very little about those hundredths of a point. In a basketball game, finishing with a score of 104 to 103 is important. One team wins and one team loses. College admissions just isn't that kind of competition.
Students should focus on earning strong grades, but also recognize that colleges are interested in the level of depth and substance of your other pursuits. Given that time in the day is limited, students who are able to manage it well have a huge advantage.
Most of us feel we are good at multi-tasking, but science says otherwise. Even if last week's intro to meditation wasn't for you, savvy students save time by respecting the difference between what productivity expert Dave Crenshaw calls "background tasking" and "switchtasking."
Want the proof? Watch this 5-min video.
Not only will you save time, but the quality of your work will go up and stress will go down!
Here's what else we want to share with you:
Now that March is upon us, there is no question that college essays should be rising on the priority list of 11th graders. For those of you wanting to stick to a 9-month writing schedule, the spring cohort of Write Your Way Into College begins April 12. More info on this next week.
As I mentioned above, thinking about letters of recommendation should also be a priority for 11th graders. While they are the ones that will actually be asking this spring, 9th and 10th graders should also learn about the 15 elements of character that are evaluated. Watch Peter's video on LORs and start to think about the list below.