How Can High School Students Best Utilize Their Breaks to Stand Out in the Admissions Cycle?

Here are two things students in grades 9-11 can do this winter to stand out in the admissions cycle:

  1. Start thinking about research.

Students who engage in research are 20% more likely to get into a top 10 college. Research shows colleges that you are an independent thinker who engages with your academic interests outside the classroom.

Research can be on any topic, and it doesn’t have to be earth-shattering. It can be something as simple as designing a new experiment for your chemistry class or writing a paper about a historical event you’re passionate about.

The important thing is to be proactive and to show colleges that you’re willing to go the extra mile to learn more about your chosen field.

  1. Create an interesting project around your passions.

Take your interests and see what you can do with them on a larger scale. Some students even envision social impact projects.

For example, if you’re passionate about the environment, you could start a club at your school to raise awareness about climate change. Or, if you’re interested in computer science, you could build a website or app that solves a real-world problem.

The key is to find a project that you’re passionate about and to put your own unique spin on it.

Use your winter break as an opportunity to take your interests to the next level! If you’re interested in research, we can pair you up with PhD mentors in your field of interest, who can guide you through the entire process.

Contact us to learn more about how you can get involved with research and build an interesting project!

How to Tackle this Common App Prompt: “Reflect on a time when they challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to do so and what was the outcome?”

College admissions officers are looking for students who can critically engage with their surroundings.

This is why the Common App prompt “Reflect on a time when they challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to do so and what was the outcome?” is so important. It shows college admissions officers that you are an independent thinker who can meaningfully interact with and critique abstract ideas.

Many students misinterpret this prompt. They think they need to write about a time when they changed their mind about something. But that’s not what the prompt is asking.

What the prompt really asks of you is to critically engage with someone else’s ideology and take specific steps to challenge it. In asking this question, college admission officers want to see your maturity of thought and your passion for your beliefs.

Essentially, you need to show them that you can not only engage with your environment but also drive change.

By writing an essay about a time when you challenged a belief or idea, you can show college admissions officers that you are an independent thinker who is not afraid to question the status quo and stand up for what you believe in.

Contact us to learn more about how you can reflect your critical thinking through your application.

What are Supercurriculars and Why Should You Care About Them?


24,000 people applied to Oxford undergrad last year.

Only 3,300 got admission.

What sets them apart? Supercurriculars.

Supercurriculars are things you do to pursue your academic interest outside of schoolwork.

70% of your application should highlight your academic achievements. Cambridge admissions officers say that most of their students have exceptional supercurricular profiles.

Do you?

Don’t worry, we can help.

We can advise you on building an impressive supercurricular profile based on your interests and career plans.

Just so you know, 98% of our clients were invited for Oxbridge interviews. And 100% of them got in in 2021-22. You can be part of this cohort.

Here are 3 ways.

  1. Enter international essay competitions: There are many impressive international essay competitions like the competitions by St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. We can advise you on writing a winning essay.
  2. Start projects related to your interests: Under our guidance, you can transform your interests into striking, evidence-based social projects which show academic expertise.
  3. You can also write research papers, or journalistic articles that reflect your academic inclination and excellence.
  4. You can also enter internationally recognized science competitions.

Contact us for guidance on supercurricular activities and get ready for your tenure at Oxbridge!


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