FInd the Formula
We know, we know… you’re looking for THE answer. So grab a pen because here’s how you get in to your dream school: Take two years of Spanish, volunteer at a local hospital, spin around three times, and practice your half-court jumpshot.
The truth is, there is no magic formula. Admission to competitive schools involves a holistic and comprehensive review process. That means everything is taken into account: grades, classes, scores, essays, leadership, and extracurricular involvement, among other factors. And it can be daunting to know you'll be judged and compared. So focus on what you can control: Do a thorough job on the application, write an essay that you believe really captures your voice, have a few people review your application, and then send it in!
You can't predict or control the number or quality of applications a school will receive. There will be institutional priorities at each school that you'll never fully know. So do your best, take a breath, submit your application, and then go back to enjoying your senior year.