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Clever Minds: Write an exceptional entrance essay

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; According to the calendar, the days of summer are gone and autumn has arrived. School is back in session and one particular grade level is dealing with the pressures of figuring out what happens after high school graduation. October marks the beginning of college applications for high school seniors.

Most colleges and universities require an on-line application process, while others maintain their old-school methods of sending in completed printed papers. Regardless of the medium a student chooses, one constant remains: the personal statement and college entrance questions are written.

Many factors determine a personand#8217;s college acceptance: GPA, coursework, extracurricular activities, community service, SAT/ACT test scores and letters of recommendation. To many college and university admissions staff, students are a bunch of numbers that when put into a specific equation, will potentially gain admittance. However, each student is given the opportunity to make themselves stand from thousands of applicants vying for the same spot: showing youand#8217;re more than just a number through a well-crafted personal essay.

Writing the personal statement for college entrance requires time and effort. Itand#8217;s not a one and done draft situation. Considerable time needs to be put forth brainstorming, drafting, editing and revising. Essay writing is not just critical for college applications but itand#8217;s an important life-long skill. Knowing the basics will help you get into college but it will also improve your success once youand#8217;re there and even thereafter.

If a student feels unsure of where to start or how to make their essay stand out from the others, Clever Minds provides this help. A teacher will work individually with students to ensure their essay takes a non-cookie cutter approach to showing college admissions counselors the personal side of prospective students.

Get ahead of the game! Donand#8217;t wait until Nov. 29 to get started.

Call Clever Minds, A Learning Center at 530-582-1707 or e-mail

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