Many students in the past have asked us what we are looking for in evaluating applications and selecting students to participate in HTLC. In many ways, the criteria by which we read your application are similar to those that many colleges and universities in the United States evaluate in admitting students. In short, there is no single set of qualities we hope to see in applicants—we recognize that high school students come from a broad set of backgrounds with diverse interests and experiences. In our application process we seek to identify individuals for whom HTLC will be the most rewarding, transformative, and empowering; we seek both individuals who have already demonstrated significant accomplishment as well as those who show incredible potential for growth in the future.
One thing is certain: there are no “right” or “wrong” answers in crafting your application. We do not evaluate your application as a question on an exam. Moreover, numerical measurements of academic performance (high school grades, standardized test scores, etc.) in our view carry little meaning and have no bearing on this application. The strongest applications are those which are genuine and authentic (yes, we know what an essay written by a Taiwanese high school student looks like), individual and personal, creative and bold, and most importantly which provide a powerful and compelling argument for how and why you will contribute to HTLC community as well as how the experience will shape you now and in the future.
Our very best,
HTLC 2017 Directors, Chris Li & Andy Wang