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The Admissions Angle
It’s no secret that high school students get little guidance in the college admissions process. Public school students receive an average of just 38 minutes of guidance in their four years attending. Most students don’t even know who their guidance counselor is until the end of their junior year.
Why does this happen? The simple answer is a matter of math. Public schools lack funds for both teachers and guidance counselors. With the lack of funds for salaries, oftentimes counselors are responsible for hundreds of students at once. In fact, the national average for public schools is 482 students for 1 counselor.
Whether we like it or not, a student’s college admissions results and matriculation are one of the biggest decisions of their lives, determining the trajectory of their careers, their experiences with diverse people and ideas, the social circles they’ll run in, and where they decide to live after graduation. It’s an event as impactful as the birth of a child or a wedding. As many married couples meet at university, you could even say that admission to college can be even more significant than a wedding. Regardless, the status quo is simply not enough. Can you imagine working with a wedding planner who cuts you off after 38 minutes?
Even beyond the admissions decision itself, high school is a rapid developmental period in a student’s life. During this time, students develop habits that will stick with them for years to come. More important than the college admissions decision are the skills of setting goals, planning the steps to reach them, and efficiently putting in the work to succeed. At its core, the college admissions process should be about developing the confidence to lead others and communicate effectively. To become aware of their privilege or their disadvantage and to leverage it for the betterment of their communities. These skills for long term success should be the purpose of any mentor.
The Admissions Angle is at the core of our college admissions philosophy and its primary purpose is to help a student to stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. Essentially, it advocates for depth of expertise and interest in a few areas rather than a shallow understanding of many areas. Depth over breadth.
At the Admissions Angle, we provide our students with the time and attention they need to craft a compelling college admissions narrative. What does that look like you ask? Well, we use something called an Admissions Angle.
We know that the best way to be forgotten by an admissions officer is to come off as “well-balanced”, which is just a nicer way of saying unfocused. Well-balanced students have a number of problems in their academic profile:
- Lack of cohesion in their courses/extracurricular choices.
- Lack of time spent in a single activity/project to make a meaningful impact/achievement.
- Lack of self-awareness of who they are or what mark they want to leave on the world.
The best way to avoid this “well-balanced” trap is to create an Admissions Angle, and any effective Angle meets three criteria:
Without all three criteria, Admissions Angles can be unappealing (love + good at), unsupported (love + admissions value), or uninspired (good at + admissions value).
How We Help
From as early as 8th grade, craft an Admissions Angle that suits your student’s strengths and gives them an edge for admissions. Our services start with a consistent, personal relationship with each and every one of our students.
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Meet with Alex one-on-one via video chat to talk about your son/daughter’s admissions plan. Afterwards, receive a no-obligation Customized College Roadmap (CCR) with advice on courses, extracurricular activities, standardized tests, and Admissions Angle strategy.
We meet with the parents to learn about their son/daughter’s interests, strengths, weaknesses, and concerns.
We meet with the student to get to know them and learn from them directly about their dreams and interests.
We present the Customized College Roadmap (CCR) to both the parents and the student.