So differentiate yourself already.
That seems to be the sensible command from many college admissions experts. Here's one summary piece that discusses a few ways to help a teen break out from the crowd.
The article also shares a preliminary version of the Common Application that will be available officially on Aug. 1. It's worth looking at -- it might even offer a chill on a hot summer day.
But thinking ahead can be beneficial. It's worth asking your teens to consider what they'd write about, what vignette or experience would help an admissions officer better understand the essence of that teen.
It could even be a pastime during a long family drive, when the teen has run out of DVDs to watch.