Four years, over 2 million minutes and over 1 billion seconds of high school comes down to 8 minutes of admissions review. Eight minutes!
What am I talking about?
Some say that the fragmented review--splitting up materials across admissions readers-- detracts from the "holistic" review.
I agree that this method has potential to detract from the human element of the admissions review, and some admissions officers I know expressed disappointment that the process was changed (previously, 2 admissions reviewers would review the entire application and write a report with their thoughts before it passed through to the committee).
But the eight-minute review isn't necessarily a bad thing. Trust me, spending 60 minutes with your application would probably yield the same result as spending only eight minutes with it.
Why? A brilliant and bold application that includes a wonderful essay is nice to have. But...
Of course, that impact must be impeccably represented and detailed on the application itself, but, if you're a senior, the impact you've had in high school can't be undone or redone in time for college applications.
The college application is very simply a record of your experiences in high school, your self-presentation through your essays, and endorsements from your teachers.
And in an applicant pool where very few will be admitted that's exactly what you're looking for--something outstanding, something exceptional, something admission-worthy.
Without doing something outstanding while in high school, it will be extremely difficult to stand out in a competitive applicant pool--even if your application gets a full day of quality time with an admissions officer.
How can you start making your impact today? Hint: Don't look at your friend for clues on what to do with your time.