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3 Essential Application Tips from a Brown University Student

To shed some light on the path to success, we had the opportunity to speak with a current student at Brown University, who shared invaluable advice for prospective applicants. Here's what we learned:

An iconic view of the Brown University main gate, showcasing the historic Van Wickle Gates with its intricate wrought-iron design, flanked by traditional red brick columns and the university's name engraved in stone, set against a backdrop of lush greenery under a clear blue sky.
Entrance to Brown University

1. Find Your Voice

The first piece of advice is perhaps the most crucial: finding your unique voice. This journey of self-discovery is not just about showcasing your achievements but also about presenting who you are in a genuine and compelling way. Our Brown insider emphasized the importance of this process, stating,

"It's really important that you find your voice. And for a lot of people, it happens along the way."

Writing essays is a significant part of this journey. You might go through 10, 15, or even more drafts before you land on the one that truly represents you.

"Make sure that when you read it, it sounds like you to you," she advised.

This authenticity is what will make your application stand out in a pool of equally qualified candidates.

2. Do Your Research

The second tip focuses on the importance of research. It's not enough to choose a college based on its ranking or prestige. Our interviewee stressed the significance of understanding what each institution can offer you specifically.

"Don't just apply to a college just because it has a high ranking. You should apply there because it actually will offer something that you are looking for."

This means diving deep into the programs, culture, and opportunities available at each school to ensure it aligns with your goals and values. Such a thoughtful approach to your college list can not only increase your chances of acceptance but also ensure your long-term happiness and success at the institution you choose.

3. Be Kind to Yourself

Lastly, the journey to college can be stressful, filled with highs and lows. Our Brown student's final piece of advice is a gentle reminder to be kind to yourself throughout this process.

"At the end of the day, don't be too hard on yourself."

This perspective is vital to maintain your well-being and keep stress levels manageable. Remember, no single college decision will define your future success or worth.

To sum it up, finding your voice, doing thorough research, and maintaining a healthy perspective are keys to not only standing out in the application process but also ensuring you end up at a college that's the right fit for you.

At Ivies Chase You, we're committed to helping students navigate the complexities of college admissions with confidence and ease. If you have any questions or wish to hear more insights like these, don't hesitate to reach out.

Together, we can turn your Ivy League dreams into reality.

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