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Storytelling & Your HS Path: Standing Out in College Admissions (Los Altos)

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Storytelling and Your Application: Standing Out in the Admissions Process

"Stories affirm who we are, and allow us to experience the similarities between ourselves and others, real or imagined. Stories help us make meaning of our lives." Each person has their own compelling story that conveys who they are. How do you tell yours when it comes to college applications? The story starts FAR before your application essays are drafted! You start writing your story the moment you start high school. Now is the time to start thinking about the ways to make your story strong, well before you apply.

How do you start brainstorming your story? What do you need to do to make your story stronger? How do you tell your story in an effective way to an admissions officer who will likely spend about 3 minutes reading your entire application? More than just helping you write a good story, we will use this session to help you plan out who you want to be by the time the storywriting comes around.

Join us in this session to learn how to craft your high school journey, make your experiences shine, particularly when it comes to choosing your high school path and how that translates into college applications. Storytelling may be one of the most important skills you ever learn, both for college and beyond. Students of all ages, parents, and educators are welcome.

Top universities aren’t just interested in straight A’s.

Take MIT, for example, one of the top 5 universities in the US, which admitted only 13% of applicants who scored above 1500 in the SAT. What happened to the remaining 87% who are clearly high academic achievers with SAT scores of 1500+? Universities care about so much more than just your number! They want to learn who you are and see you are making a difference in areas that you love.

How do you tell your story in an effective way to an admissions officer who will likely spend about 3 minutes reading your entire application? Learn how to take your passions and experiences and weave a compelling and concise narrative for your dream universities. Your activities, essays, and teacher recommendations speak volumes about you and significantly contribute to your holistic profile that universities assess.

You don’t have to be a hyper-motivated overachiever to get into a great school, but you do need to be the best version of yourself. To do that, you need to tell your story wisely and effectively, showing your best self in your essay and application. You need to show that you have what it takes to be a leader on campus, that you boldly follow your passions, and that you aren’t afraid to dive in and get your hands dirty.

With decades of collective experience and hundreds of admits to the world’s top schools under our belts, Crimson’s talented staff of mentors, advisors and counsellors is here to help! We know what it takes to tell a story that will get admissions officers excited.

Want to find out how to design your unique profile to stand out from the crowd? Draw inspiration from successful applicants who have gone before you! Join Crimson on April 7th, 2018 for the Storytelling and Your Application seminar.

In this exciting and information packed talk, you will:

  • Learn how to carve your path throughout high school around your passions and interests
  • Find out how top ranked colleges use your personal statement and supplemental essay to evaluate your application
  • Learn how other parts of your application, such as your teacher recommendations, contribute to your story
  • Discuss how to start developing your profile from early on

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to get deep insights and think through the specifics of your journey to the top colleges! Parents, students and educators welcome. Register now, while tickets last.

About your college admissions experts, Anjali Bhatia and Ed Paranjpe:

Anjali Bhatia - University of Pennsylvania, Duke University

Anjali Bhatia is a 2015 MBA graduate of The Wharton School, where she was on the Joseph Wharton Fellowship, a competitive merit scholarship. She majored in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing & Operations. Prior to Wharton, she worked as a Strategy & Innovation Consultant for Accenture, where she had a focus on education clients. She has previously founded two nonprofits, Discover Worlds (’06) and ChangeEducate (’09). She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroeconomics at Duke University, where she was on the prestigious Robertson Scholarship, which provides a full merit scholarship for both tuition and summer enrichment. She currently is heading Crimson's LA & SF operations.

Bilal Said - University of Texas at Austin

Having dual majors in both Marketing and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, Bilal has successfully managed to combine those two skills and passions in a career dedicated to helping students around the world. He has taught ESL in small towns and villages in south-east Asia and in the Middle East. He also had a bigger impact by reaching out to thousands of students through big and established Educational institutes around the globe. He has worked from large metropolitan cities such Dubai, Los Angeles, Dallas and Austin where the reach to students is limitless. Aside from Education, he has a deep interest in health and wellness and acquired multiple certificates and licenses in Personal Training and Sports Sciences. Helping people is something that is intertwined with his personal happiness and sense of fulfillment.


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