I'm a newly registered member to this forum (although I have been reading it obsessively on a daily basis for the past 5 months).
(In full disclosure, I'm an Asian parent)
I'm starting to help my son with his applications and just wanted to vent for a little as I'm quite frustrated with trying to figure out how I can make my son stand out within the increasingly competitive applicant pool.
I'd love to get a discussion going on what parents feel are their top frustrations in terms of getting their kids into a good college.
I feel like mine are pretty symptomatic of Asian children:
- No super outstanding ECs (varsity athlete but no state or national ranking, some club officer positions but not the President of any clubs)
- Lopsided SAT score (good math, bad verbal/writing)
- Great GPA, Great SAT II scores
- Lack of creativity with essay writing
In general, my son just comes off as a typical Asian applicant. I'd love for him to go to an Ivy or Ivy-equivalent, but I'm just so worried that there's nothing super unique about his profile.
What are other people's main frustrations?