Compiling Your Human Highlight Reel: Strategic Application Writing
Applications aren’t just pieces of paper.
They aren’t forms to be filled out either.
Those highlight reels just don’t materialize on their own. Each component of the reel is carefully selected and scrutinized, studied from multiple camera angles, meticulously edited, flipped around back and forth into several different orders until the most captivating arrangement is reached. This is exactly the kind of approach you should take to creating your applications.
Each component—your resume, your personal statement, additional essays, diversity statement—is a moving piece that needs to be carefully organized and arranged with respect to the others in order to present the most compelling version of yourself possible. You need to articulate a coherent narrative about who you are and why you are right for the school(s) to which you are applying. Furthermore, each of those individual components needs to be carefully planned, constructed, edited, fine-tuned, and then carefully planned, constructed, edited, and fine-tuned yet again. Think of the InGenius team as your professional video editor to help you put everything together in the best light.
Now, step back for a moment.
Think of where those highlights on SportsCenter are coming from: athletes who have dedicated their lives to cultivating their natural talent from a very young age to get them to this very moment where they can showcase their skills at their best. The important lesson here is that, even if you put together every component of your application as best as possible, you can’t create highlights without putting in the work beforehand to get yourself in the position to succeed. This is why building your candidacy in the years before you even begin your application is incredibly important. It’s your training, it’s your Preparation, your credentialing. It’s what helps you build that application persona. It’s what gets you to the big leagues. Think of the InGenius team as your coach guiding you through the years of Preparation to get you to that moment that you’ve always dreamed of.