The Peril of Perfection

As a college coach, I typically end of up working with high-achieving students with fairly clear goals and ambitions who are looking to kick it up a notch. I usually begin my coaching sessions with meeting with both the parents and students to dispel the myth of the perfect applicant.

Why? Because there is no perfect applicant.

Sure, test scores, GPA, strength of schedule, and a balanced resume matter. But my job isn’t to help you appear to be perfect. My job is to find out who you really are, discover what makes you unique, and help you find the right approach to letting that shine in your application.

The application process is already very competitive, as are scholarships; with that being said, a complete focus on competition will derail your efforts to shine on the application, because the energy is being focused away from you and is instead on other people.

Think about the people you know who are well-liked and successful. Chances are, they are self-assured and confident in themselves, which in and of itself is attractive to others. They are a magnet because they create positive energy; conversely, people who lack self-confidence and measure their own worth solely in comparison to others typically generate negative energy. Which do you think comes across better in your application?

That’s where I come in. Most of us, especially in our teen years, are still trying to discover our gifts, talents, and a fundamental understanding of what makes us tick – but it is still there. Sometimes we just need someone to objectively see it. Essentially, that’s what I do: I get to know my clients, their unique stories and backgrounds, and I help them conceptualize a way to communicate those intangibles that set them apart from the competition. Test scores matter, but as an applicant, you will stand out more if you present a confident, self-aware, and unique representation of yourself.

Remember: comparison is the thief of joy. You can’t control what every other applicant is doing. But you can control what you are, and I’m here to help you put all of that energy into your own journey!



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