Tackling the College Application: Advice from Seniors Who Know How It's Done
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is the Common App?
It’s this one account you’ll make where you will boil down your high school career into a resume and an essay. You will also likely use this program to apply to the majority of your schools and fill out your supplements.
What did you look for in a school?
Since everyone is different, everyone will have a different answer for this question. For me (Felicity), I was interested in a larger school with plenty of huge libraries, a good selection of food for my picky palate, and most importantly, a department for what I want to study: linguistics. Everyone should remember that we’re going to change our minds 800 times about our commitments, plans, or perceptions of the world while we’re in college, so it’s helpful if our schools give us lots of options.
How did you tackle essays/supplements?
For the Common App Essay, I spent all summer writing and rewriting an essay I liked but ultimately ended up redoing it a few days before my early app was due. Whoops. But for the supplements, I wrote them one at a time as a way to avoid doing homework. I would take myself to a cafe and not let myself leave until I had a solid draft of an essay. (This is a technique I highly recommend! Plus, you get coffee or tea out of it!) I really want to feel confident in the work I have submitted, and the best way for me to do that is to finish my essays with weeks left to proof them and maybe even submit them early. But everyone has a different workflow, so I encourage everyone to do what suits them best, of course.
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