This last Saturday MEK held its 10th Annual College Info Session and had its biggest turnout to date. 218 parents and students gathered together to hear expert advice on college admissions from our experienced counselors and student panelists.
Thank you to all who attended and made this event rewarding and animated. We are ready to assist your child through the college application process with an individual consultation!
If you were unable to attend, don’t worry!
Here is a recap of what you missed:
What factors are highly scrutinized by college admissions officers?
The above pie chart shows everything that a college admissions officer considers when looking at a student’s application. Everything in green is under a student’s control: GPA, test scores, application & essay, interview, extracurricular activities, and notable accomplishments. The red is what is not in a student’s direct control: the quality of teacher’s recommendations, school reputation, state & town, race, financial aid. Finally, the gray area is just that: a gray area of control such as a parent statement or a student brag sheet.
Green Area: Understanding your personal Pie Chart
The green area is your own personal pie chart; the areas that are under your control. A student must figure out what her individual pie chart looks like. Do you have a high GPA, but low test scores? Many accomplishments but a lower GPA? A high GPA and test scores but very little leadership positions or activities? Once you know your specific pie chart you can figure out how to look for colleges that match your pie chart, showcase your biggest areas of strengths, and have MEK help you bolster your areas of weakness (like your test scores with our SAT & ACT Prep course). Depending on your pie chart you may consider options you never thought of such as Service Academies or a Fine Arts Schools. Either way, MEK can guide you through the process with our academic counseling services.
Red Area and Gray Area: Having as much control over the things you don’t control
You can’t change the state that you are from, your race, recommendation letters, or financial aid packages. However, by understanding what’s not in your control you can make smart decisions about how to make those red areas work for you. For instance, you can’t control what a teacher writes in a recommendation letter, but you can control the impression and relationship you have with your teachers. Most students don’t have a personal relationship with their guidance counselor. But by increasing your visibility with your counselor you can receive a stronger more personal recommendation. MEK can also help you research the schools you are applying to and the resources available to you for financial aid.
Creating a Realistic College List:
Research the colleges you are applying to and make sure you create a list that fits with your pie chart, your interests and passions, and your ultimate career goals. Make sure to include your dream schools, but also your safety schools.
College Applications & Essays:
Throughout your application there should be a common thread that ties all of your activities, accomplishments, community service, and class grades together. A thread that shows the admission officer who you really are, what you’re passionate about, and what you will bring to their campus and legacy.
One of the best ways to show this common thread is in your college admission essay. Your essay should be filled with vivid imagery, interesting details and a clear message. This is your chance to be memorable to a college admissions officer who is reviewing hundreds or even thousands of applications.
Don’t forget that many Ivy League and top colleges required supplemental essays.
MEK Review has an Application Essay Writing Program specifically to help students with this part of the application process. For many top universities, your essay could be the difference between an acceptance and a rejection letter.
We also offer an intensive 3-day College Essay Boot Camp from August 28 – August 30 for incoming seniors. At the end of the three days you will have a polished common application essay and a strong foundation and ideas for your supplemental essays.
Just the Beginning:
This is only a short recap of everything we went over in the College Info Session. If you want more details and personal guidance call MEK at 855-346-1410 to register for a consultation. We are excited to put you on the path to college success!