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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, Second Edition by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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20. When Talent Is the Hook

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

—Albert Einstein

Are you a singer or a dancer? How about a dedicated volunteer? Or perhaps you’re a committed environmentalist, an artist, or a promising entrepreneur? Maybe you’re a future scientist who conducts experiments in your basement.

Colleges and universities adore students with talents. Teenagers who can demonstrate particular talents, whether it’s being fluent in two or three languages or starting a thriving business in high school, can help their admission chances.

Colleges are so eager to attract students with a wide range of talents that many of them offer these applicants an opportunity to win in-house scholarships. I’m not referring to merit ...

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