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The Secret to Gaining Acceptance to the Ivy League by Kristen Moon

Most high school seniors have college admissions on their mind. Many students have the same desire: opening an acceptance letter which says “Welcome to Harvard”.

It is no easy feat to be accepted to the Ivy League and top-tier universities throughout the U.S.

The admission rate for Stanford University hovers around 4%. It is not uncommon for a valedictorian to be rejected. The valedictorian, and their parents, are always shocked when this occurs. How could a student with a perfect GPA and test scores be rejected?

The answer is simple.

There are nearly 40,000 high schools across the country. That means 40,000 valedictorians. With only eight Ivy League universities, the number of valedictorians is more than three times the number of open slots. What this means is that these highly selective universities turn down students who are “perfect on paper” all the time. Being valedictorian is great, but it is definitely not enough to warrant admission to the most selective colleges in the country.

Academics are the first hurdle to overcome in the college admissions process, but there are additional hurdles.

Countless parents and counselors advise their students to be well-rounded, in terms of their academics, participation in sports, volunteering, extracurricular activities, etc.

I suggest that you do the exact opposite.

Most students, and people in general, work hard on improving their weaknesses. They try to present an adequate skill level across all areas. As a result, they are mediocre at most things. The well-rounded strategy backfires in most cases because the student comes across to the admissions officers as average in all fields and does not shine in any one field.

Harvard is not an average college, so why would they accept an average student?

I advise that students work diligently on their strengths. Forget about striving to be well-rounded. I see “pointy” students gain admission to the top universities in the country. They are exceptional in one, maybe two areas.

This strategy takes time to implement; it requires persistence and dedication to become a specialist in your field, and that is the exact reason why it is so extraordinary. The first time Tiger Woods picked up a golf club he was not a pro. Even Pablo Picasso had to start somewhere.

The university wants to know that you are willing to put in consistent, sustained effort in your chosen field until you achieve the kind of success that makes you stand out amongst your peers. ‘Pointy’ students demonstrate that they have the direction, the passion and have laid the groundwork to do this, and that is why they are preferred candidates for any university.

Top universities seek specialists: individuals who are so driven by one aspect or one field that they are enthusiastic about devoting their entire time and attention to achieve outstanding results in that area.

By choosing different students with ambition, initiative and demonstrated skills in different areas, the college builds a class that is well-rounded yet made up of ‘pointy’ students.

I will let you in on another secret.

The most innovative companies in the world – such as Apple, Google, and Amazon – follow the same strategy. They hire “pointy” candidates.

The “pointy” students stand out, not just in college admissions, but in life.

About the author:
Kristen Moon is an independent college counselor and founder of Moon Prep provides one-on-one counseling services catered to university admissions. They guide students through the entire application process including: completing applications, personal statements, supplemental essays, student resumes, scholarships, and financial aid. Their specialty lies in the Ivy League, direct medical programs (BS/MD), and highly competitive universities.

How to Choose the Right Online Degree Program By Jesse Johnson

For students who have families and full-time jobs, or those who simply appreciate the convenience of studying remotely, an online degree program might make the most sense. The benefits online programs offer students include lower costs, unlimited access to course materials, and flexibility in schedules and location.




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Wanting to Go Back to School? 5 Tips for Making the Right Choice By Harper Harmon

When I was a kid, my parents’ attitude toward college degrees was, Jjust get one…any one.” In their youth, the simple act of completing college was a stand-alone achievement capable of propelling you into professional success. Vacillating between a handful of undeveloped ideas and lacking the fortitude to commit to a strenuous study plan, I picked one. It was the wrong one. The rewards of taking outdated advice and pursuing a (really neat) degree without a long term job plan have been slim. The reality of modern education has been a big departure from previous expectations. College today is more costly but has also become a standard prerequisite to almost any successful career. If you are thinking of attending or returning to college, here are five tips (learned the hard way) for choosing a profession that can pay back your efforts.

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Basic Technical Skills All New Graduates Should Have By Eileen O'Shanassy

As a newly graduated student, leaving the confines of your classes can be an intimidating, yet exciting experience. All college graduates who set out into the real world and leave their weekly classes behind will find a recurring theme in the types of jobs they will end up with. Unless you’re interested in a hard trade that does not utilize computers or an office space of any kind, you’re likely to need a certain technical skill set in order to be a viable asset in today’s marketplace.


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5 Quick Resume Tips for High School Graduates with Little or No Experience By Catrin Cooper

You are excited to finally see the four long years of continuous studying come to an end with a great pay off. What next? Having graduated from high school, you are ready to enter the work force to become a productive individual in the society. You have a dream job in mind but you have no idea how to approach it because perhaps you have never worked a day in your life.

To make it in the career world, you need a good resume to convince the employer that you are the best fit for the job. You need to list your education and experience which can be overwhelming if you don’t have any. A good thing would be to ask professional writers to take a fresh look and proofread your resume if you don’t have enough experience in it.


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Quiet Careers: 5 Perfect Degrees for Introverts By Dixie Somers

One of the most popular pieces of career advice is that networking is critical and success is all about who you know and how strong your personality is. As a result, most people are steered toward careers that require them to be more extroverted. The good news for introverts is that there are plenty of careers that may appeal to them, but they may not hear as much about them.

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Why Study Engineering in the USA?

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Engineering is quickly becoming one of the largest professions in the United States. There is no better place to study engineering.

There are many unique answers when posing the question of “How?” How does this chair hold me up? How is that I can talk on my cell phone or chat on the Internet with someone across the world? How did this water in my glass become clean? Although the answer to each of these questions is unique, there is one simple explanation for all of these questions: engineering.


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How to Optimize Your Resume for a Specific Job By Sharon Groves

Whether you’re graduating soon or you’ve recently graduated, you’re probably excited to finally land a position in your desired field. You’ve spent a lot of time working toward this goal, and you don’t want to waste any time in seeing it through to completion. One of the best ways to speed up your job search is by tailoring your resume. Just a few small changes can make all of the difference in the world when it comes to helping you secure that position as quickly as possible.



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Where Can I Study Business Near New York City? By Brianna Burrows

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New York City (NYC) in New York state is the largest city in the USA. With nearly 8 million people living in New York City, there is a wide variety of things to do, see, and eat! Many industries are based in NYC, such as finance, fashion, film, theater, food service, and technology. NYC is a significant city for conducting business and a great city to learn business whether you are seeking an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree. Below are four highlighted schools in or near NYC that offer business programs.

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