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  • mackinawmackinaw 3018 replies53 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My kids' brag sheets, for both the counselor and teacher recommendations included (among the usual brags) brief one-liners about each of the colleges they were applying to, explaining why they were attracted to and "fit" with the particular school.

    Counselors and teachers don't necessarily tailor their letters for specific schools, but if they are willing to do this even a little bit then having those one-liners about the schools can be a help. They can easily add a sentence such as, "From my conversations with Georgene, I know that she's especially interested in M.U. because of X and Y."
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  • LirazelLirazel 348 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    Hahaha okay, I'll stop stressing (regardless of what OP says.)

    Also, some guidance counselors lovelovelove attention. If they're outgoing, and not clearly overworked, swing by and say hi with a great big helping of cheerfulness. Ask for advice on the college process. Use this sentence "I'm concerned about [for me: my grades]?" if you have any worries. They will feel very included, and mine at least was made Very Happy by the attention. I think she feels neglected. Do take their advice with a grain of salt, because at least one in my building has been known to give Really Stupid advice, but look like you're happy to get their advice, and this will add significantly to your win points acquired from your brag sheet.
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  • limabeanslimabeans 4649 replies105 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    A "brag sheet" is always so much more believable if you don't say, "LOOK HOW SMART I AM". That just comes off as fake and unlikeable. Just like all good writers, you should let the reader come to that conclusion. Use anecdotes. Show, don't tell.
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  • reesezpiecez103reesezpiecez103 1231 replies15 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I agree. As long as you're honest about your accomplishments, I'm sure your GC will paint you in a very positive light. And if you come off as levelheaded and likeable, then their recommendation will probably sound all the more genuine.

    DOn't worry - a brag sheet is NOT a big deal at all. Be honest, don't shortchange yourself, but don't feel the need to overly impress your counselor, either. I second what limabeans said - show, don't tell, that you're a great person and you deserve to get into college, and your GC will notice.
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  • abudhabi-mamaabudhabi-mama 172 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    superaznnerd
    running 60 - 80 miles per week is very very impressive and it shows not only persistence, but also endurance and focus. I'm sure that if you mention your running has taught you these qualities and that you use them in your study you will make a great impression.
    A lot of things seem not to be impressive, or like bragging. Write everything you can think of on yourself - and then show it to others. These are always a lot of qualities you do not think of yourself - and getting to the point of graduating and asking for recommendations means that you are seriously busy with your further education. That too is impressive. Really.
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  • pwoodspwoods 1078 replies18 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I definitely agree with Lizarel regarding guidance counselors. I made sure to visit my guidance counselor at least once a month or so, just so he knew what I was like and what I was interested in. I didn't need too much actual advice, but I think it's still valuable to cultivate that relationship, given that the guidance counselor writes the school recommendation.

    As for the OP, don't lie, especially on a freaking brag sheet. I understand that you think you need an "overcoming adversity" story that paints you in the best light, but you don't. Yes, you need a narrative for your personal statement, but you only have to show why you like something, not that you're the best or that you're different than everyone else. On the brag sheet, you should be as honest as possible so that your guidance counselor knows what you are actually like and interested in. You want to highlight your successes (on the brag sheet, NOT in the personal statement!) but those have to be real. If you try to be the next Adam Wheeler, you'll just be disappointed.
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  • KelleeKellee 7 replies0 threads- New Member
    I remember having to do this. Put down what you've done and don't be afraid to brag (it is a brag sheet after all!). Remember guidence counslers see a lot of students and this is to help them help you! I'm helping my sister with the college process and we've been following this new blog written by college students, it's called Skipping Breakfast and it has some great tips and advice from real college students!
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  • gotmilklolgotmilklol 232 replies45 threads- Junior Member
    Do you go to East Brunswick High School? ****
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  • AlegraAlegra 1 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    At my school we have to ask a friend to write one for us. Did anyone else have to do that? Also, I have several friends who I've only known for a year or two but we've become really close. Could I ask them to write it for me or would it make more of an impression coming from a friend i've known for a long time?
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