Six tips to make applying to colleges easier
By: Sydney Holmes | Published: September 25, 2019
When applying to colleges, it can be very stressful and nerve-racking. Especially when all you want to do is have a simple and enjoyable senior year. I have come up with some tips to make applying to colleges less exasperating and more accessible.
Starting early makes applying to college less stressful as you figure out deadlines from the colleges you wish to apply to, collect recommendations letters early, and filling out forms a few weeks before they’re due.
Keep a calendar to keep up with deadlines, because not all colleges have the same deadlines for applications. Use a planner to make sure you have everything that is required such as recommendation letters, resumes, and essays. Each college may require different forms and other elements.
It’s very easy to make careless mistakes on applications and essays which can hurt your chances of getting accepted. To avoid this, have parents, teachers, or tutors look over everything before you submit, because sometimes it’s hard to find mistakes in your own writing.
Keep your school updated:
It’s important to have good communication with your counselor and keep let them know when and where you are applying, so they can send transcripts and help with recommendation letters. They also help with scholarship opportunities and will always be there for advice.
Get confirmation on applications:
Once you hit the submit button it’s important to make sure that you get confirmation on your applications and forms that you have sent either online or by mail. If you have applied online you should receive an email confirmation. If you have mailed your application, put a stamped postcard addressed to your house so the admissions office can notify you when they have received your materials.
“Optional” isn’t necessarily optional:
On some college applications, certain materials you need such as college essays or recommendation letters are optional, but it’s a good idea to provide everything that they list. Doing this increases your chances of getting accepted. For example, by providing a college essay you can help the admissions office get to know certain aspects about you.
Don’t get too worked up about applying to colleges, following these simple tips can make your senior year more pleasurable.