Remember that you are more than just an international student from an interesting background; you are a complete person with a lifetime of experiences.
You should take some time to think about what else makes you different from most the other hundreds of students writing college admissions essays.
However, it is not enough to simply say, “Well, I’m not from around here.” Instead, you need to reference the strengths of your home culture.
You don’t need to elaborate at length; a sentence or two should be enough to ensure that the admissions board pays attention to you.
Beginning with expectations and ending with the decision, every component involves a great deal of prioritizing and decision making.
The easiest way to get through the stressful times is honest communication.
Then a small group of admissions officers will review each application, looking over the scores and coursework and reading the college application essays.
The key to convincing the admissions officers is in understanding what they are looking for.
Tell us about what you truly enjoy doing, what inspires you, and what holds meaning for you.
As the revered civil rights leader and Bates graduate Benjamin Mays ’20 said, “It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture.