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What are your top frustrations with college admissions?

anony2014anony2014 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
Hey all,

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?
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