College Applications – Make Your Voice Heard for College Admissions

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With a term paper due on Tuesday, soccer playoffs on Saturday, and a mid-term on Friday, the weeks get filled up quickly. Surprisingly, this is a fairly typical week for many high school seniors. As a college consultant, I ask, “When do you sleep?” But a bigger concern at this time of year is when will they get those college applications done?

Obviously, if you want to go to college, you need to apply. And as difficult as it is to find time to do those college applications, you need to get busy. Universitas Swasta di Bandung  Early decision and early action dates are fast approaching and deadlines for other schools are not far off. Late applications are a good way to get ignored. Some colleges will not even accept them.

Most high school seniors find that a little organization can go a long way. Making a schedule and sticking to it can work wonders. While it is not the parent’s responsibility to fill out college applications, nor should they, there is no reason why parents cannot help their teenager look up deadlines for college applications and make a list of what materials are required for each school.

Most high school seniors are applying to at least six or seven schools. Many can use the common application for a number of these colleges, but most state universities still require their own college applications. Get started on the applications that have the earliest deadlines and work through each one. Figure out which essays might work for more than one school.

Students should make a list of some of the common questions asked on college applications: social security number, parents’ email addresses, parents’ employment information, etc. That way the information is easily available and can be used for each application. Also, make a list of your extracurricular activities, community service, and work experience so that you are able to find the best place to put it on the application.

Many applications have supplements which require an additional short essay or two. Although these may be limited to 150 words or so, they are equally important to the main required essay on the college applications. Think through your answer before you write anything down. A rough draft is always a good idea.

If colleges have a place for an optional essay, take advantage of the opportunity to tell them something that will give them a better chance to get to know you. If you have had any academic difficulties or need to explain any discrepancies in your high school transcript, this is a good chance to do it.

Proofreading college applications is critical and something that too many students ignore. Misspelling the names of courses you are currently taking, omitting blanks that require answers, or failing to catch obvious grammatical errors on any of your essays will not help you win over the college admissions committee.

College applications are your voice in the college admissions process. Is your voice coming through the way you want it to?

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