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The Secret Ingredient to the Perfect College Application

Khushboo Rateria

Did you know that Tomas Lindahl, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry failed the subject in high school? Or that John Gurdon, Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine ranked dead last in Biology in his year?

And yet, both of them made it to prestigious universities and won the most eminent award in their fields!

The truth is, while high school scores are important, they can only take you so far in your college applications to leading global universities. To stand out from the crowd, there is one thing that elevate your college application above all else – A high school passion project!

Unlike a class project, a passion project is an independent or group project created to achieve a specific goal or mission. This could range from helping an underprivileged community, to solving an entrepreneurial problem and more. 

A project like this, especially one that YOU are passionate about, can showcase your commitment, focus, creativity, resourcefulness, motivation, and leadership skills – values that college admission offices are always looking out for in applicants!

In fact, A recent study done by Acceptitas showed that over 75% of current Harvard students completed a passion project in high school and felt that it significantly impacted their application.

Case in point, 16-year-old Saikaran Apalla’s entrepreneurial project – SCOPE.

Started By Saikiran after attending the Ivy Early Entrepreneur program, SCOPE is a dynamic and personalized network that connects entrepreneurs with like-minded people, content and opportunities. It aims to build a collaborative community where users can share their experiences, learn from each other and ultimately be successful.

Saikiran’s focused and extensive project brought him global attention, and he has even completed a Junior CEO program certified by Brown University. 

But for those of you that have a knack for social skills as opposed to entrepreneurial expertise, the options are endless as well!

Take for example, Sia Bishnoi and Taahira Bhalla’s Social Change Project – Project Drakht.

Started by Taahira Bhalla and Sia Bishnoi of The Shri Ram School, Moulsari – both from Harvard Youth Lead the Change 2016 – Project Drakht was set up to provide Ferozepur Meo, an underprivileged village in Haryana, with access to clean water.

They first pitched their idea during the conference, and after it received considerable attention and support, the duo implemented it. Project Drakht ultimately helped nearly 2,200 people from 300 families!

To know more: https://www.thebigredgroup.com/the-secret-ingredient-to-the-perfect-college-application/

Khushboo Rateria
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