Typically “Perfect” Students are No Longer College Material

Typically “Perfect” Students are No Longer College Material
Typically “Perfect” Students are No Longer College Material
If you’re an honors student, a member of the Latin, Spanish, French, 4-H, and Computer Club, an oboe player in the band, a varsity football player, and have been in three of your school’s theatrical productions, you may not be college material. This may sound shocking, but these days, college admissions officers are skipping over the typically "perfect" college applicant and favoring those who have something different to bring to the table.

Talent, good grades, and involvement in 35 school clubs will no longer ensure you a place in the hallowed halls of your dream school. This is because admissions officers are beginning to view students who are involved in "too many" clubs and activities as being spread too thin and seemingly trying too hard to only pad their academic resume instead of truly pursuing their passions. Such students seem like they are engineered for the sole purpose of getting into a good college, and admissions officers have decided that they are not looking for engineered applicants, but for real individuals.

This change in mindset should not be surprising. The admissions office at any given college receives hundreds of applications every day during the spring time, and admissions officers have the daunting task of choosing only a few of these to accept. After sorting through hundreds of mediocre and predictable applications, it is little wonder that these officers desire some personality and zest. Dry essays that may as well as been written by monotonous robots pale in comparison to the interesting ones penned by students with a clear vision of their likes and dislikes. Those who seem like real people stand out from the sea of typically perfect applicants, and those with real passions and not just manufactured ones naturally get a closer examination from admissions officers. Schools are looking for students that will help them stand out, and accepting driven individuals who are passionate not only about education but also about their future field is a great way to do so. It is crucial these days that college applicants strive to stand out rather than blend in by presenting admissions officers with vivid and concise writing that truly emphasizes the applicant’s best traits.

Diversity is another driving factor behind many universities’ decision to reject the normal and embrace the unusual. No school wants for their entire student population to be made out of the same mold; schools want variation. Actively seeking out students who break the mold is one effective way of ensuring that the overall student body is nuanced and complex instead of completely homogenous. This is great news for all new prospective college students. Instead of wasting your time partaking in extracurricular activities that you do not truly enjoy just because it would "look good" on your college resume, only pursue the activities that you are genuinely passionate about. This is now the best way to catch an admissions officer’s eye.
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