However, just being “alike” or fitting in with other top students is not enough; admissions officers routinely claim that more than 80 percent of applicants fit in. Successful applicants also have to stand out, or “spike” in some specific area.
By advising on class choices, standardized test timelines, tutors, letters of recommendation, best practices to maximize grades, in-school leadership, and more, we ensure that students are at par with their peers in all areas.
Many of our students start out convinced that they are exactly the same as all their friends, with no unique hobbies or pursuits. After a little digging, however, genuine interests emerge and we help students expand these interests, so that they evolve from hobbies into passions.
From internships to lab work, mentorships with college professors to creating classes for underserved kids, there are numerous paths to layer and deepen your spike.
This combination of being alike and spiking, of fitting in and standing out, makes our approach to admissions highly successful. Following these steps will ensure that when you’re ready to apply, you will have an application that is deeply attractive to colleges, stands out from the pool, and results in success.
Thank you so much for all your advice. It obviously made all the difference. You are more of a therapist, helping the child express his true self, in the best way possible. A real person emerged from his essays and record, and it is all thanks to your patience and encouragement. Grant is not introspective and I remember sitting in your office, it was like pulling teeth to have Grant venture forth and show himself. There is no question that the program started a chain of experiences that together added up to a very attractive prospect. MANY THANKS!!