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Application Party

Parents of high school seniors… how are you doing as the college application deadline is drawing near? Do you find yourself doing application tasks on behalf of your student? If so, you’re not alone, but please – stop! Your child does want to go to college, so eventually, s/he will (before November 1), rise to the occasion and take action!

Since most deadlines are looming, as an alternate to nagging, ask your student if s/he would like to host a college app. party. The social could include/be:

  • The friends reading each other’s essays and offering feedback and edits. (If the friends have been close the past few years, they know each other very well, and can remind each other of the positive things they have done, which will help each student highlight accomplishments and achievements.)
  • The students sharing application insights from the things they learned during campus visits, tours, and meetings with admissions representatives.
  • Conversations about the price of tuition, fees, living expenses, the FAFSA, financial aid, and loans.
  • The positive momentum needed for each student to complete the application process.

In the end, you’ll be the hero parent (family) for bringing it all together and assisting in getting it all done!

Application Deadline

Attention! Attention! High school Seniors! You may not need this reminder, or more likely, you don’t like being reminded that the November 1, deadline to submit college applications is fewer than 25 days away! We know you’re diligently working on your application essays (you’re probably on your 3rd or 4th drafts at this point – keep up the good work!), and you’ve been committed to your SAT/ACT preparation schedule, so you’re ready to give your best on test day, but how much research on college majors have you put in?

Are you selecting the same major on each college application? How much research have you done on the majors that are offered at the institutions to which you’re applying? Do you know if the major you select will influence whether or not you get accepted into the institution? Last Fall, one of our readers applied to five institutions, and he selected a different major at each. This was a good strategy, as some of the institutions to which he applied, accept students based on their requested major (along with all their other admission criteria). By selecting lesser known majors, and unique fields of study, he made himself a desirable admit. He was accepted into each program/institution! This accomplishment made deciding where to attend much more exciting.

Stay focused and  keep motivated, the application stress is nearing and end!



College Application Essay… Help!

HS senior, have you been practicing writing your college application essays? If your response is ‘no.’ then it is time to get with it! And yes, you need to practice!

Writing a great essay is not a 30-60 minute process, it’s a:

  • Write
  • Re-write
  • Re-write
  • Give to someone to edit
  • Edit
  • Realize you want to re-write
  • Re-write
  • Give to a different person for edits
  • Edit
  • A little more re-writing

and then FINALLY have your finished product! That’s a 10-step process.

The essay is a lot fewer steps than learning your concert (insert your instrument here) piece, or the 18 weeks of (insert sport here) practice, or memorizing 1,368 lines of (insert theatre production here) agony. Also, it’s great if your English teacher makes you do a ‘college application essay’ assignment, but that is just an assignment, it should not be what you’re actually turning in with your application(s).

Take a look at these interesting college application essay questions. Pick a few to work on, and get to practice!