My first question to Jacob was: “What do you wish you knew then that you know now?”
Jacob, after all, is officially a veteran of the college admissions process. While he is busily preparing for high school graduation, he is actually thinking much more about what his life will be like in three months when he moves into his college dorm.
For Jacob it was a lengthy and sometimes stressful process. He started visiting colleges in his sophomore year. He took the most rigorous curriculum his high school offered, had stellar test scores, participated in a variety of clubs, held leadership roles, got involved in community service, played an instrument, won awards, immersed himself in a foreign culture during his summers; in short – he did everything right.
Here are some snippets of my conversation with Jacob:
As I began filling out applications, especially the Common Application, I realized how few spots there actually were to put extra-curricular activities, so being superficially involved in a ton of activities truly doesn’t help at all.