I hear it often. Parents and teens believe they have to have something extraordinary to gain college acceptance or to win private scholarships.
We live in a small town.”
”Nothing significant has ever happened for a “story” that is good or bad.”
” I have read my teen’s essays and they seem good but nothing like the students that have life changing events.”
They don’t have anything special. They didn’t start a non profit foundation. They’re average. Couldn’t be farther from the truth. (Most of the time)
"My kid's essays don't stand out! What can I do?"
First, chill. Not everyone is going to have some earth-shattering global impact project or has survived a deadly disease. Yet a large percentage of teens get accepted to colleges and win scholarships every year .
Colleges and scholarship committees aren’t looking for spectacular. They’re looking for the “real you.” (Your teen).