Unique! Colleges look for students that “stand out” from among other
applicants. They’re interested in those they feel will enhance their school and
campus. That’s not to say a “typical” student can’t get in, but it helps to
show that your child is special and can offer something unique to the student
body and to the school itself.
most important way to stand out is to prove commitment through long term
involvement in an extra curricular activity, passion, or interest. This means
your child shows dedication that goes beyond participation. Think depth, not
breadth. Colleges don't want to see you involved in lots of things; they
want to see you go deeper with a few or even a single thing—excelling beyond
students are appealing because they reveal someone who will arrive
on campus and make things happen.
What is your child
currently doing that he loves to do? Is there a way he can take this
activity/interest to the next level? Are there contests he can enter? Is
there a way he can start a small business doing this activity? Is there a
summer camp he can attend to hone his skill or teach others? I’ll share in a
later post how my daughter used her skills and passions to do some of these
interests does your child have that he can take to the next level to
become a standout?
are some ideas to get you thinking:
Small business/online business/craft
Anything of special interest that takes
time or study
Talk to your child
about his talents and interests, brainstorming how he can develop and use these
gifts in unique ways. Then ask God to open the doors of opportunity meant just
for him. Be sure to keep good records of the opportunities pursued and the time
invested. This will make it easier to showcase your child’s uniqueness and help
him stand out when it comes time to fill out his college applications.