One way to show leadership is through your work experience, she said.
"Whether you worked part-time in high school and college or full-time post-college and are now applying to medical school, law school, business school -- whatever -- after a couple of years of work experience, you may have had the opportunity to lead, to manage a team, to initiate something," Abraham says in an Eye on Admissions video.
The other activity that can show a college your leadership experience and potential is extracurricular activities, she says.
Either way, your essay is the perfect vehicle to get your message across.
Watch the video here:
"Yes!!!!!" the relieved high school senior shouted, pumping his fist in the air after opening the email. He was accepted to his first-choice college. He'd gone through the arduous application process -- pages of questions, letters of recommendation, confirming that transcripts had been sent and, of course, spending hours on his application essay.
The euphoria lasted a couple of days until he realized there was more work ahead: scholarship applications, and with them, more essays.
Scholarship essays are different from application essays, writes Lisa Biber on the website Collegefactual.com. Biber offers a list of dos and don'ts for scholarship essays. Among them:
- Don't recycle your college application essay
- Don't turn your essay into a pity party
- Do choose to discuss what makes you shine
If you don't think colleges pay attention to diversity in their admissions decisions, look at the acceptances Brown University has sent out for the Class of 2018.
Brown sent more than 2,600 offers to prospective freshman, The Boston Globe reported. It had 30,432 applications, for an incoming freshman class of about 1,500 students.
Nearly half of those getting acceptances, 45 percent, identified themselves as African American, Latino, Native American or Asian American, according to The Globe.
The students represent all 50 states and 88 countries, most of them from China, India, Canada, the United Kingdom and Korea, according to The Globe.
Arnie Rosenberg is the founder of The Center for Essay Excellence. He writes regularly about college essays and their importance to the college-admission process. Contact him at Arnie.Rosenberg.Editor@gmail.com.
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