Spoiler Alert there is none. This post is not me trying to brag or anything like that, it is me trying to tell my story and encourage others.
People are always trying to tell you that they have the perfect recipe to get accepted to the school of your dreams, but none of this is true. Every student is different, there is no perfect essay, extracurricular or any of that, colleges want to know you.
Let me introduce myself, my name is Rohan and I am graduating high school as the class of 2021 from a public school in california. I am going to be studying business in college next year at UT Austin. My stats are not the greatest.
GPA: 3.84 Unweighted/3.96 weighted GPA
Test Scores: None
E.C. 4 years of Basketball, Paid Math Tutor, Eagle Scout
Being an Out State student applying to one of the best undergraduate business schools in the nation, everyone told me (except for my parents) I had no shot at getting in. But I got in. The reason being was because of my Essays. I told my own life story and the struggles I went through that are personal to me. I didn’t over-exaggerate what I did or pad my extracurriculars with stuff I wasn’t passionate about. I just wrote like myself. These application readers can tell if you are not passionate about something and are only writing about it to look good. They want to know the true you.
The other misconception is that colleges take only the best students. However, it is more like a theater production, they need to fill every part. They need the protagonist, antagonist, confidant, etc. (You know what I mean).
Anyways, just because you see people with higher stats than you get in doesn’t mean you are not qualified and you won’t get into the school of your dreams. Just make sure you spend lots of time writing those essays and stay true to yourself. Colleges want to know the true you, not a fake version of you.