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Do You Have Any Common App Tips?

START EARLY

The Common App opens up on August 1st every year, and the ealry action deadline is typically November 1st. That gives you some time. That being said, you should really start to think about what you're going to write/what you want to highlight when you're a junior. We recommend making a "fake: common app in your junior year and then returning to it in your senior year for re-drafts and edits. 

TALK TO YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR

Your guidance counselor knows all the ins and outs of applying to college. They help kids do it every year. Meet with your guidance counselor to go over your list of potential schools. Make sure you know everything that is required for the application i.e. courses, standardized tests, letters of recommendation, etc. 

GET ORGANIZED

The key to reducing stress when it comes to any applicaiton is organization. We recommend that you make a folder in your google drive and add documents about all things college. For example, you can add a master college list, a scholarship document, your essay drafts, and anything else that the college may need. This will make finding things easier when you're applying, and you're less likely to lose/forget any of the wonderful things you've accomplished thus far. Don't stress, just get organized. 

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER

BE AUTHENTIC, BE YOU

At the end of the day this is YOUR college applicaiton. Do not try to use big words that you don't understand, don't try to sound like someone you are not. Be genuine, be authentic, you want to get into a school that is right for YOU and you can't get there if you're trying to be someone else. Have fun with your applicaiton, let yourself shine. 

USE THE ADDITIONAL INFO SECTION

After your personal essay, there is a section on the Common App called "Additional Information." This is a place where you get to speak directly to the admissions committe. Tell them something you think that they should know about you, something you didn't have room for or didn't fit well in the rest of your application. This is your chance to send your own personal messsage. Tell them a story about YOU. 

SHOWCASE YOUR ACTIVITIES

The Common App lets you list up to 10 activites, you should aim to fill in at least 7-10! This is why the extracirricular log is so important, it lets you look back on all of your activities in one area and you get to pick the ones that best showcase you. Make sure they are HIGH QALUITY. You also want to include a variety of things such as sports, volunteering, hobbies, and academic clubs. List your activities from the most important at the top to the least important at the bottom. Finally, make good use of the description box. Tell your story, and why the activity represents you!

GET PEOPLE TO REVIEW YOUR APPLICATION BEFORE YOU SUBMIT

By the time that you press submit on the Common App you should be confident that all of your work is pretty close to perfect. Read your essays to your friends, make sure they sound like you! Have a teacher review your application, make sure everything sounds and looks right. Go over your application with your guidance counselor to make sure you filled in all of the forms correctly! It is a team effort, and YOU are the team captain. 

If you have any questions, let us know! We are here for YOU (:
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR APPLICATION
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