The College Application Experience: Make it Easy!

 

It’s College Application time! Whether you are a junior or a senior, college can be on your radar. The earlier you start preparing for college applications, the better off you will be. Starting early and allocating sufficient time will allow you to think about your applications, ask for advice and get them out of the way so you can ENJOY the rest of your senior year!! The following pointers will make your college application experience less daunting and maybe even a little more enjoyable…

 

1) Allocate Time. Whether you are thinking about applying to five colleges or fifteen, it is always great to stay organized. Determine the amount of time you want to spend on each application and also the order you would like to do them in (aka DON’T do the application with the earliest deadline last!). Staying organized and managing your time will save you from unnecessary scrambling and stress!

2) Know The Application Requirements. Each school you apply to is different and may require supplemental materials to support your application. Make sure to know what each application requires beforehand so you are prepared when you are filling it out. Some examples of these materials could be your high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores and letters of recommendations. Check out the college’s website for more information on their application process.

3) Beat The Deadlines. Application deadlines are set for a reason and they won’t open again just for you. They are rigid and to quote an old saying “you snooze, you lose.” This is why allocating your time and staying organizing is so important. If you stay ahead of the game, you won’t miss the deadline for your dream school.

4) Finish Strong. We get it- senioritis. Don’t let yourself slip though, just because you are “tired”. Take the initiative! If you feel like your SAT scores could be better and there is a retake opportunity coming up, go for it! Be self-motivated and have someone you trust really assess that college application essay. Make sure to let your college application represent the best of you!

5) It Fits! The whole point of picking a college is finding one that best fits you! Know your options. You may believe that a certain school is your ideal, but there may be another one that is even more amazing! Make sure to do your research before you make up your mind. Also, be “you” in your application. Don’t change because you think that’s the schools ideal student. If you pretend to be someone you’re not, you’ll be miserable the next 4 years.

 

Hope these tips are helpful! Good luck on your college applications and don’t forget to strive high! For more helpful information on college applications check out: http://www.stepuphawaii.org/resources/caes!