A lot can be said from so-called “experts” telling you how you can get into college, medical school, law school, MBA, etc. The fact of the matter is, most experts speak from a position of authority. They got into one or two schools themselves, they sat on an admissions committee, and they think they can lump all admissions under the same umbrella. Not only is this naive, their advice is straight up biased and wrong!
In doing a few quick searches, I was able to come up with several links that help you learn how to get into school, US News and Reports says that “… you need to start early and challenge yourself …” … and career center tells you to just “… get better grades and try harder …” …
HELLO! Isn’t that the point of getting into college or an advanced degree, to challenge yourself? And isn’t getting better grades a bit obvious?
Stop trusting these biased sights! I personally have received acceptances from across the country, at ivy league schools, state schools, and small private schools. I developed a method that has allowed me to get into several undergraduate programs, master’s programs, PhD programs, and Medical school programs.
What if I told you do not have to focus on just “Getting better grades”
Here is my advice on the top three things you need to work on:
1: CONVINCE THEM WHY YOU ARE PERFECT FOR THE PROGRAM:
Anyone can fill out an application and submit a generic resume, but not everyone can convince people that they are the perfect person for the position. Applying to schools is no different from applying to a job. We all have weakness and flaws, but you have to make sure that they do not see them. You have to learn to set up your resume, application and letters in such a way that they think they can not live with you.
2: DON’T LEAVE YOUR APPLICATIONS UP TO CHANCE:
No one wants to be annoying, but everyone wants to be friends with the admissions directors. Find the balance and get to know them well before you apply. Make sure when they come across your application they already can see your face with or without a submitted photo.
Call or email the admissions director. Do not be afraid of setting up SKYPE meetings with them, do not be pushy or annoying, but do it early and make sure you are on their radar.
3: STOP SAYING I AM NOT A GOOD STANDARDIZED TESTER:
Being smart or not, has nothing to do with taking standardized tests. Being terrible at the theory of physics and getting a perfect score on the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) physics portion is possible, after all I would know. Standardized tests come down to how hard to you are willing to work, and how hard you are willing to study, and how good you can identify your weaknesses. Stop making excuses and study for the exams.
Hope you enjoyed the pointers. This advice is broad, but works 100% of the time in all admissions processes for any degree. After starting my 6th degree, generalizing the entire higher education admissions processes is something I have become a professional at.