When I first applied to US colleges from India more than twenty-five years ago, the application scenario was vastly different than it is today. Few international applicants, fewer girl candidates, and even fewer girl legacies existed. In an increasingly competitive world, these factors alone may not make you stand out. The pressure on high school students today to achieve bigger and better, to be unique, and to package it well is at an all-time high.
How do you give wings to your dreams of studying abroad? While a stellar academic record and off the charts extracurricular activities will get you a second look, most colleges simply want to see passion, commitment, and a drive to excel. It is important to highlight your strengths while simultaneously preserving your natural voice, personality, and soul.
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