Upon the recommendation of a friend, I uploaded a resume that followed the format of Michele Hernandez's "Acing the College Application". Apparently, her format was the best to display information in a college application, and despite the fact that the book was slightly dated, I followed the recommendation. Now, in light of recent decisions (all quite unfavourable), I am beginning to wonder if this resume had an influence on my app. Does the format indicate to an admissions officer that this student is attempting to game the application (through following the advice of a self-proclaimed admissions genius)?
I suspect it does not, and I find difficulty believing an admissions officer would penalize a student for wanting to improve their app by buying a college advice book – many have done worse. However, in these stressful times, some clarity would be much appreciated!