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I have recently read a very helpful book called IN! College Admissions and Beyond by mother-daughter team Lillian Luterman and Jennifer Bloom. Their main thesis is that though colleges want "well-rounded" classrooms, they do not want well rounded applicants, people who are "jacks-of-all trades" and masters of none. They suggest that you should be "alike but spike": that is, be like the average student of the college academically, but excel in one specific extracurricular area to create a distinct and unique impression on an admissions officer.They would advise finding your passion and "layering" it in diverse ways that make a difference in you community and guide you toward a greater understanding of your passion. This makes sense to me, but what do ya'll think? Does a college want to see a well rounded student or one who is particularly focused on a passion? Thoughts?