Stand out from the crowd of college applicants. Create your story around a theme that is unique to you.
Rome wasn't built in a day.
Developing your story takes time. Start by getting involved: take part in extracurricular activities at school, delve into academic interests, and explore careers via internships. The payoff: a better idea of your academic strengths and a narrower set of activities that matter to you. Your themes will emerge where these intersect.
Add commitment, initiative and leadership.
Pick one theme and build your story around it by pursuing your interests with sustained commitment. Will you teach yourself a programming language like Python and write an app for your school? How about participating in scientific research at a local university, blogging about it, and presenting your work to faculty and students? Can you start a special project to support one of your volunteer commitments?
It's all about you.
Be authentic. Create a challenge that fits your unique strengths and interests. Uncover your story.