|Students who got into WIC say:|
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Work very hard, but don't forget the other important things in life like music, sports, volunteer work, etc. Try to stand out but at the same time, don't do the cookie cutter PC crap trying to look diverse. It seems like a lot of prep school kids pay thousands of dollars for seminars to try to "diversify" their application: how to stand out from the crowd. In doing so, they all look the same. If you are passionate about stuff, then it should shine through in your application.
| History/Histories (art history/etc.)|
| Feb 24 2010 |
For those of you considering Financial Aid, don't worry about Williams's new loan policy: their financial aid is VERY generous.
I worked pretty hard in high school, got decent SAT scores(1330), and was seriously committed to a few organizations/clubs. I don't think my profile was what you would call exceptional, but I think my common app essay was. (I wrote about my motivations for being a hard worker.) I think the Williams admissions committee is looking for well-rounded, hard workers. As far as can tell though I don't think they look particularly hard for interesting people. The admissions process is more stressful, the more challenging the academic institution and the more competitive the applicant pool from which to choose. I had the fortune to be accepted and rejected to some of the best schools in the nation. Rejection is not easy, but schools have to make choices to complement their class for each given year.
Being realistic about yourself, and understanding the institution you are applying to from the aspects of fit, foreseeability, and financial aid are very important. Understand demographics in layout out your plans and strategies.
From the Williams College standpoint, they appreciate students who are well rounded. They prefer students who are academic, artistic and athletic. Know your prospective school, your personal emotional and social needs and you will find a great school to satisfy your goals and underwrite your ultimate successful academic experience.
I can't really help much with getting in because I was recruited for cross country. I applied early and got deferred, then was accepted regular decision.
| Political Science|| Jan 18 2009 |
I would recommend that you highlight any quirkiness or goofiness you might possess in your apps. Williams loves funny, adventurous kids. And The West Wing.