Part III – Tips For Applying to College
This is part III of a three part series entitled The Dos and Don’ts of Applying to College. In the first two entries I covered the Dos and the Don’ts for the college search process. In six months time you will finally be applying to colleges, so when that time comes here a few final thoughts for the application process that I hope will help:
- Have an appropriate email address. You may laugh but I’ve see far too many awful sounding email addresses, ones that I can’t even repeat to my mother. So drop the firstname.lastname@example.org and….
- Create an appropriate email account for all colleges. Some students find it helpful to designate one account as their college application account. Most universities send important emails to you, some colleges even send acceptances via email or incomplete notifications, so at the very least make sure your spam folder isn’t killing our attempts to contact you.
- Don’t Be afraid to brag about yourself. This is your application and guess what it? It’s all about YOU, so please tell me about all of your accomplishments, assuming these have occurred during high school. I don’t want to know that you were your Kindergarten class president (as I had one student tell me a few years back)- congrats but I’m sure your mom ran your campaign. Enough said. We just want the high school activities.
- Write an essay that teaches us more about who you are. The essay is not your chance to impress us with ten dollar words you found in a thesaurus. The essay is our chance to learn more about you. Again be authentic and be yourself, it will all work out.
- If a college tells you “it’s recommended” then listen to their advice. Many colleges will recommend SAT subject tests, or an additional essay or an interview, because each must have a purpose for that individual application process.
I hope that this was helpful for any of you juniors (or younger students). If you have any specific question feel free to post away. Thanks!