“The one thing I wish I knew as a prospective student applying to college is it’s not just about the numbers. It’s about you, the holistic you. Focus on you and what impact you want to make on the future.” -Maria J.
“Reach out to your college advisors, mentors or anyone who could offer support when applying. These are people who are there for you and if you simply ask, ‘Hey I don’t know about XYZ’, I promise you they will be willing to help, so build your mentorship around you as soon as you can. And come on campus if you can, to get know folks around here as well.” -Anna L.
“When it comes to editing your personal statement [personal insight questions], grammar is important but no one is going to help you edit more than someone who knows exactly who you are. Either a mentor or professor or family member who will tell you or not if you are underselling yourself or not….people who love us, people who care about us will say, ‘you’re not telling them this about yourself.’ That is why it is so important to have someone edit it who knows you. They’re the best people who can advise you on you.” -Juan P.
“Be yourself in your application! So many people tell prospective students to fit a constructed mold of the ideal student to guarantee your chances at getting into university. However, Cal is nowhere near to a cookie cutter university. Each person’s unique background, likes, dislikes, journey, disposition on life, and more comes together to create the campus that we love. Therefore, embrace what makes you special and let that shine so that you can thrive as yourself in college.” -Johnson K.
“For the personal insight questions, really try to be yourself and really show the Admissions officer who you are, not what you think they want you to be.” -Shangjun J.