The Greenlight Scholars Application streamlines the college application process for you. But, it’s up to you to make sure that your college application stands out from among everyone else. Here are some tips to help make your Greenlight Scholars Application shine!
Clean up your online presence. More and more college admissions counselors are checking out applicants online, as many as 40% according to recent surveys. Your online presence could impact their decision. So, before you begin applying, be sure to clean up your online presence. Delete any inappropriate Facebook or Instagram posts and tweets. A good rule of thumb is to delete any social media post that you’d be embarrassed for your parents to see.
On the other hand, this is also a great opportunity to strengthen your social media identity. Create or update your LinkedIn profile, providing a professional accomplishments resume. Create a website to show off a portfolio of your work, if it is applicable to your chosen field. Even if your Greenlight Scholars Application is outstanding, a poor online presence could ruin it.
Strategically build your college list. It is important to strategically decide which colleges you want to send your Greenlight Scholars Application to. Apply to a healthy mix of safety, match, and reach schools. But, choosing a college isn’t just about identifying the best colleges. You should also use this time for self-reflection. Assess who you are, what you are good at and how your learning style will fit in with each college. Once you’ve settled on the right colleges, you will be able to better tailor your Greenlight Scholars Application to them.
Write an outstanding essay. Your application essay is the best way to make your Greenlight Scholars Application stand out. This is where you make your story heard. Greenlight Scholars partner schools are committed to helping low-income and first-generation students achieve their college dreams. Praising yourself can be hard to do sometimes, but your application essay is no place to be shy. Shine a light on your accomplishments. Share your hardships. Highlighting important aspects of your unique background will make your application more memorable. College admissions counselors want to hear how you’ve succeeded despite the obstacles in your way.
Think like an admissions counselor. If you were an admissions counselor, what would you want to see in a potential student? This is a crucial mindset to get your application noticed. While it is necessary for you to have the good grades and test scores that your college requires, your academic performance is not the only criteria they will consider.
Counselors want to see that you have really looked within yourself and found the drive and grit needed to succeed. They want to know what you will contribute to the college’s community. When colleges were asked what underrepresented students could do to improve their college admissions applications, 85% of the colleges said they would like to see these students improve their ability to tell their story.
Don’t throw away this opportunity. Utilize your Greenlight Scholars Application to make yourself look like an ideal student match for your dream college.