7 Tips to Getting Into Your Dream University That Are Often Left Unsaid.

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1) Be careful who you ask for a recommendation letter.

Such an attitude is likely to be spectacularly useful at best and positively harmful at worse.

2) Extracurriculars are unlikely to compensate for poor grades.

3) Be genuine.

4) Take a long time to write your essay and personal statement.

5) If you decide to work, make sure it adds value.

6) Stellar test scores and a high GPA only help until a certain degree.

7) Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.



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Adam Rybko

Adam Rybko

MSc Development Economics @ LSE. I’m a high-achieving graduate student who writes about productivity, university admissions, and financially smart collecting.