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How can I even stand out among other applicants?

curethevoid17curethevoid17 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
How can I even manage to stand out against applicants EC wise or even grade wise? I’m specifically talking about those other applicants to HYPS whose parents have went to college (or even legacies) and know the whole college admissions process really well, or those who are of really high income and/ or live in a big city in a big high school with many opportunities. I’m afraid I’m at a disadvantage compared to them since I’m from a rural high school where we don’t have enough funds or even opportunities to do EC wise, I’m of low income and my parents can’t even speak English etc. Can I even stand out compared to these type of applicants? Primarily EC wise?

Replies to: How can I even stand out among other applicants?

  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,521 Senior Member
    edited December 6
    Please read this article from MIT. Everything in it applies to HYPS as well: https://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/applying_sideways/
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 35,317 Senior Member
    Don’t get too worked up about one school. There are so many good colleges besides the biggest few names,
  • Trixy34Trixy34 Registered User Posts: 441 Member
    There are hundreds of good colleges in this country that are not HYPS. I think you should focus on developing who you want to be - do the things that appeal to you, study hard, and live your life without even giving a consideration to whether you will get in to a HYPS school. If you are meant to end up there, then you will. But it would be foolish to put all your time and energy during high school into getting in to a HYPS school. The vast majority of people who apply to those schools are rejected.
  • sherpasherpa Registered User Posts: 4,649 Senior Member
    Actually your background DOES make you stand out from the crowd of normal upper middle class kids with highly educated parents.

    You won’t win the battle of “who had the most opportunities” or “whose parents are most influential”, but those kids have a hard time standing out from each other, and applicants such as you are sought after by all colleges.

    Good luck
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