samumenco wrote:When you guys say you have good softs, do you mean you received a Purple Heart, are/was an Olympic athlete, or anything like that?
I was reading some posts on this forum, and people seemed to imply that softs that are not along the lines of what I listed above are worthless, so I'm a little concerned now.
I always took "good softs" to be relative to whatever school you're talking about, that is, better than half the students there. If you have something that makes you stand out --- work experience, professional awards, leadership positions, advanced degrees, interesting projects --- those are all good. An "average" student at a T14 school might be someone who has a couple years of work experience, won some awards, and was leader of at least one college club.
It's about looking beyond the numbers and seeing whether this applicant adds something interesting to the incoming class, and whether this is the type of person you want to represent your school to the world as an alum in three years.