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How to prepare for the college application season

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Written by Allison Place, photographed by Elias Nesser

Every student has felt the inexplicable stress that comes with applying for college. We have to write essays, request letters of recommendation, fill out tedious personal information, and file our FAFSA to get financial aid. That being said though, we have provided you with some tips to conquer the college application season.
1.    Start writing your personal statement’s early
CSU’s don’t require personal statements, but numerous other schools do. The UC system and several Common App schools require personal statements, and I’ve learned from experience that it’s better to start sooner rather than later. You want to have enough time to brainstorm a topic and have several people proofread it for errors.
2.    Copy and paste all personal information
Once you’ve written all of your personal information down once, you don’t want to do it again. Several colleges will ask about your extracurricular activities, which is when copy and paste comes in useful. Just open up a word document, write out an answer, save it, and voila! You now have an answer you can copy and paste into multiple college applications.
3.    Request Letters of Recommendation early
No teach is going to write you a good Letter of Recommendation if you give them three days to do it. Rather than put your teacher on the spot, request one from them early. Also, it is common courtesy to write your recommender a thank you letter. Bonus points if you include a Starbucks giftcard!
4.    Go through your social media
Colleges are getting more selective on the types of students the accept into their schools, and you are not giving yourself the best chance at being accepted if your Facebook photo is a picture of you doing a keg stand. Go through your social media and delete everything that might be incriminating, such as posts with bad words, vulgar photos, or anything that you think might decrease your chances at getting into your dream school.
5.    Do not lie on college applications!
Whatever you do, do not lie on an application. If you weren’t in Student Union, don’t say you were president for 2 years. If you never hiked Mount Everest, don’t write your personal statement about it. College admission counsellors can see right through phony information and they have the resources to check anything that appears suspicious. So do yourself a favor, and don’t get yourself caught in a lie.
So, there you have it. Some of this advice may seem fairly obvious, and some of it may have been good information. If you have any questions about transferring to another school, we have a Transfer Center (Room 126), as well as a Writing Center (700 building) that will proofread any college essays you have. Utilize your resources, and make sure to complete your college applicatio

By Allison Place

 

Every student has felt the inexplicable stress that comes with applying for college. We have to write essays, request letters of recommendation, fill out tedious [E1] personal information, and file our FAFSA to get financial aid. That being said though, we have provided [E2] you with some tips to conquer the college application season.

1.      Start writing your personal statement’s[E3]  early

CSU’s don’t require personal statements, but numerous other schools do. The UC system and several Common App schools require personal statements, and I’ve learned from experience that it’s better to start sooner rather than later. You want to have enough time to brainstorm a topic and have several people proofread it for errors. [E4] 

2.      Copy and paste all personal information

Once you’ve written all of your personal information down once, you don’t want to do it again. Several colleges will ask about your extracurricular activities, which is when copy and paste comes in useful. Just open up a word document, write out an answer, save it, and voila[E5] ! You now have an answer you can copy and paste into multiple college applications.

3.      Request Letters of Recommendation early

No teach [E6] is going to write you a good Letter of Recommendation if you give them three days to do it. Rather than put your teacher on the spot, request one from them early. Also, it is common courtesy to write your recommender a thank you letter. Bonus points if you include a Starbucks giftcard!

4.      Go through your social media

Colleges are getting more selective on the types of students the[E7]  accept into their schools, and you are giving yourself the best chance at being accepted [E8] if your Facebook photo is a picture of you doing a keg stand. Go through your social media and delete everything that might be incriminating, such as posts with bad words, vulgar photos, or anything that you think might decrease your chances at getting into your dream school.

5.      Do not lie on college applications!

Whatever you do, do not lie on an application. If you weren’t in Student Union, don’t say you were president for 2 years. If you never hiked Mount Everest, don’t write your personal statement about it. College admission counsellor[E9] s can see right through phony information and [E10] they have the resources to check anything that appears suspicious. So do yourself a favor, and don’t get yourself caught in a lie.

            So, there you have it. Some of this advice may seem fairly obvious, and some of it may have been good information. If you have any questions about transferring to another school, we have a Transfer Center (Room 126), as well as a Writing Center (700 building) that will proofread any college essays you have. Utilize your resources, and make sure to complete your college applications on time!


 [E1]Is the personal information tedious, or are the forms tedious to complete?

 [E2]You will (below) provide tips, right? (You haven’t done it yet.)

 [E3]Plural form: statements (no apostrophe)

 [E4]Excellent advice.

 [E5]Voilà  (accent needed)

 [E6] Teacher

 [E7]they

 [E8] Do you mean rejected?

 [E9]Check spelling

 [E10]Punc .

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