brag sheet for counselor

<p>Lol, honesty certainly works. The fact is, colleges don't need to see how smart you are from your guidance counselor recommendation letter. They can see that from your grades and test scores and high school courses. This is just one way for colleges to see who YOU are. I had to fill out one of these sheets too. Basically all of my answers were a couple words or only a sentence long. If I were you I would set up a meeting with the guidance counselor so he/she knows a bit more about you and would have an easier time writing something meaningful in your letter.</p>

<p>If you can't be honest you shouldn't be applying to whatever schools you think you need to lie to. T'would save the rest of us from some grief.</p>

<p>Actually I am being honest; I'm more exagerating the circumstances than not being honest</p>

<p>Stretching the truth != the truth. period.</p>

<p>By any chance, are you from NJ? o.O</p>

<p>My school lets parents write one for their kids. But my parents never did it because they don't speak English.</p>

<p>This recommendation isn't really as important as the ones your teachers write.</p>

<p>Guidance counselors have been known to take the sentences right off your sheet and throw them into your recommendation. Be weary, but be honest!</p>

<p>Don't stress too much about it, the guidance counselor's recommendation is one of the least important things on the application (as it should be). Just wriet what comes to you.</p>

<p>Dude, I got into Harvard after rambling incoherently about physics and a little bit of English and history for my whole thing. And my counselor says that she wrote me one of the best recs ever of the year (which is quite an improvement over her ABSOLUTE SHOCK that I, stupid little me, could POSSIBLY have broken 2300 on the SAT three months earlier.) I have dozens of national accolades in Latin (some more prestigious than others), and participated in my school's literary magazine for a couple years. See any physics extracurriculars? Or history? Or English awards? No! That's because I /am/ interested in physics, even if I'm a scrub at it.</p>

<p>You are a moral failure if you have to lie your way into colleges, and good god if you get in somewhere better than you deserve, I hope it haunts you for all of your years in that college. I will probably be lambasted by the other forumites for being harsh, but DUDE. DON'T LIE. Truth is important, especially in a system that so much relies on self-reporting. Lying either doesn't make a difference or screws over truthful kids who did deserve that spot.</p>

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<p>BREATHE MY FRIEND! BREATHE!!!</p>

<p>To Topic Starter:
1) Stop stressing Lirazel out. :(</p>

<p>2) And SERIOUSLY, just be brutally honest. Lying is like saying you know that you aren't capable of getting into college the way you are. You need a handful of BS to throw in their eyes to get in. Is that rally how you want it?</p>

<p>And I doubt they care your distance running ranking. As long as your passionate, they'll think highly of you for it.</p>

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<p>You sound like a scrub for progressing over time and working at it, instead of being born with such talents? Where's your logic in that? Yup, colleges want kids who don't know what working at something feels like. (Sarcasm)</p>

<p>And your second paragraph proves to me, that you think colleges want some tear-eyed drama about obstacles and overcoming. You are dead wrong my friend. They have seen it all, and want nothing but cold hard realism. Not some pretty fairy tale.</p>

<p>alrite i just wrote about running 60-80 miles a week and it showed my persistence blah blah (truth)</p>

<p>is it ok if u make your life seem as a drama? 'cause i felt like my life has been one, but i'm afraid it'll be too corny and the adcoms might not buy it even if it's true.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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."</p>

<p>Hahaha okay, I'll stop stressing (regardless of what OP says.)</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

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<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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</a> Breakfast and it has some great tips and advice from real college students!</p>