There’s only one way your homeschooler can stand out in college applications.
But, of course, you’re the parent.
You’re assuming colleges won’t feel the same thing.
Your homeschooler’s narrative - the narrative you helped create - is KEY to making this the intentional and enjoyable path you crave.
Humans are wired for stories. When hearing a story, your brain wakes up, releases Oxytocin, and makes you more empathetic, more trusting.
A great story sticks like velcro.
It’s hard to react to one without emotion and connection. And with admissions officers reading up to 100 applications a day, you need something that stands out from the crowd.
Imagine reading applications all day and night, for weeks on end. Wouldn’t you be exhausted and bored with the same ‘ole stuff?
Give them something to hold onto. Because, in the end, they won’t remember your name, but they will remember your story.
Let’s get real. The competition is fierce, especially for selective schools. If you’ve graduated from a selective school yourself, here’s a heads up. The game has changed.
They have the stats and the scores. And they likely have a great story, just like your homeschooler. But those selective schools may only accept 5–10%.
Once you’ve got a grasp on the themes of your homeschooler’s story, you’ll be doing the happy jig. Suddenly, you’ll have a compass - guiding you to weave the story and its themes in everything you do. And every bit of the application will support the notion that they belong at that particular school and it’s only natural that their life’s narrative led them there.
I’m not saying that it’ll be easy.
In fact, it may well be one of the toughest things you do. Being the homeschool guidance counselor is not for the faint of heart.
Uncertainty creeps in. Different goals creep in.
Don’t lose sight of your story.
We tell stories all the time - to ourselves and to others. They’re how we define who we are within the context of the world. Stories give our lives meaning. Expressing what drives your homeschooler’s narrative is key to resonating with admissions officers.
With schools like University of Pennsylvania reading applications in 4 mins, it’s crucial to be clear about who your homeschooler is and what their motivations are.
Colleges want to know who your kid is beyond grades and scores.
So take the guessing game out of their hands.
Tell them a story that makes it obvious that their school should be part of it.
Ready to uncover your homeschooler’s themes? Grab my worksheet, “What Motivates You?”
And Join the Fearless Homeschoolers Facebook Group where we navigate high school and college admissions together!
I would really love to connect with you.