Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak with the students of Mission Viejo High School (my alma mater) about how Model UN can help them get into college. One student asked, “How did Model UN get you into Yale?” In response, I shared my personal story and a few tips:
Competitive colleges look for students who are not just well-rounded — they’re “well-lopsided.” Besides good grades and strong test scores, such students stand out through a particular activity, whether it’s athletics, music, or Model UN.
Standing out is more than having a list of achievements with which to impress admissions officers — there’s some psychology involved. Check out this article on How to Get Into Stanford with B’s on Your Transcript: Failed Simulations & the Surprising Psychology of Impressiveness. I’m a huge fan of the Study Hacks blog run by Cal Newport, an MIT postdoc and the author of several college admissions guides.
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