Late Nights and College Applications

October 20, 2014

11:40 PM. Twenty minutes before your application is due. Your fingers, covered in Doritos crumbs, are furiously typing the end of an unpolished obviously-completed-the-night-before essay.

At 11:59 PM your essay is finally done; you submit your application. That is when you see it. You used “your” instead of “you’re.” (It is possible that you have stamped your own rejection letter.)

However, this will not be you because—besides preferring Goldfish—you know A.I.R.

  1. Apply
  2. I have applied”
  3. Request transcripts”

Naviance, operated by Ms. Kristy Cummings and Ms. Pat Fannon in the College Counseling Center, takes a large amount of the overwhelming anxiety and stress out of the application process.

This process to apply to your Dream Schools has already been impressively outlined by Ms. Cummings and Ms. Fannon, and a link is available on Edline: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS GUIDEBOOK

In order for your application to be complete, you need to leave enough time for the A.I.R. process. This means that binge watching American Horror Story on an application deadline, as you answer “In what ways could you contribute to Monsters University’s community” is not the best plan.

It is a good idea to submit your application at least one week before the deadline, not only will the A.I.R. process be complete, but you will also be able to fix any issues that could appear as well as confirm the completion of your application with Monsters University.

If any of your Dream Schools use rolling admissions or do not have a deadline in January or before, you should make one, and the one you make should also be at least one week before the deadline.

Now to the most stressful portion of a college application:

The Personal Statement. The Essay. The Writing Supplement.

The essay serves as the voice and character of a student; any title that is given to the 250-650 words will not take away its importance.

Aside from starting to write drafts as soon as possible, reading examples of personal statements—especially ones that others have written for your chosen prompt—can be very inspirational. After reading about four highly acclaimed examples, you begin to see a pattern: beginning the essay in the middle of an anecdote.

There are a number of great examples on the Internet that display possible paths you can take to form a refreshingly new and original personal statement. However, don’t forget to ask an English teacher to proofread.

Two examples that I appreciate are:

“Yes, I’m in a Clique” by Nathan Black (The New York Times)

The essay written by Lyle Li (EssayHell)

(Reminder: your audience is an admissions representative who reads thousands of cliche-filled essays. You want to surprise them!)

Applying is the hardest part of submitting a college application. After that you can rely on the magic of the buttons “I have applied” and “request transcripts” in Naviance.

Once you have made it to the other side alive, you will no longer feel guilty about binge watching Supernatural instead of applying to college… or maybe you will just feel a little less guilty than before.

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  1. Janette Carpio on December 2nd, 2014 2:24 pm

    Great article, Sarah!

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