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Author: Shirag Shemmassian

Dr. Shirag Shemmassian is a nationally-recognized college admissions expert who has helped hundreds of students get into America's top colleges through Shemmassian Academic Consulting. A debt-free graduate of Cornell University and UCLA, he systematically helps students develop unique extracurricular profiles, write standout college essays, and everything in between to get into their dream schools.

Posted April 6, 2017, 8 a.m. by Shirag Shemmassian | View Comments
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There’s a particular piece of bad advice when it comes to college admissions that ought to be debunked because it keeps many students out of their dream schools each year. It comes in many forms, including: “Join as many clubs and teams as you can, and try to be president or captain.” “Be as well-rounded as possible.” “Admissions committees want to see students who did X/Y/Z activity.” Students who take this advice very seriously end up disappointed when college application decisions roll in and they find more unexpected rejections than surprising acceptances, regardless of their high grades and ACT/SAT scores. ...