You’ve found your dream school : it’s in your budget and it has a great program for your major ; so what’s next? Time to apply. Unfortunately, the college application process isn’t as simple as name, date of birth and address. Take it from someone who got into her dream schools (yes, I had two!), prepare, PREPARE, PREPARE. There is a lot to cover when applying to colleges. Check out my tips on how to boost your chances of getting into your ideal higher level institution.
Get involved: I know, cliché, but trust me it is what makes you stand out from other applicants! It shows how well-rounded you can be. Keep tabs on everything you do. A wide variety and leadership positions within clubs and sports shows admissions counselors what a great addition to their student body you would be. It helps give more of a personality to just another transcript of all As. Leadership roles really exemplify a lot of strong qualities in a person, the type of qualities that admissions wants to see in a potential student.
Prepare and Gather: Start doing things the beginning of your Junior year to prepare for college. Take SAT/ACT prep classes. Even though you may have been able to procrastinate thus far in high school, your college application process should not meet your inner procrastinator. Organization is key and it will help keep you sane through the gruesome process.
Visit and meet people: When you are on campus, make appointments to meet with someone in admissions. Just call the admissions office ahead of time. Take advantage of local alumni interviews. This helped me a great deal in my application process! Interviews or even just Q&A sessions give you a chance to really show off what a classy individual you are. If you are interested in playing a sport, contact the faculty advisor for this sport. They can sometimes help give you a push ahead as well. This can be a major help in getting you in especially if you may be on the border of accepted or waitlisted
Essay: This is not an essay you should only write once. It is not something you can write the night before applications are due. This is what counselors see. This is your voice and offers information to admissions about the type of person you are. Your essay shouldn’t be something generic. Narrow it down to a specific event or person that shaped you into the person you are today. And, don’t be afraid to give it to a few close teachers to give you feed back on it. I had my essay read by a student who had already been accepted into the school I wanted to go to, and I had a mentor read it. Between the two feedbacks I was able to craft the perfect essay.
So, rising Seniors, best of luck in your endeavors. Juniors , take note. Making sure you have the perfect application for your dream college – it will give you the best chances of getting in. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and remember to breathe. Start early and move slow and you will be in great shape.
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Angela Skane is proud to be a Florida Gator. She will be majoring in Journalism during her time at The University of Florida. She loves to travel, sail, go out with friends, and learn new things. She loves social media and has left her comfort zone and joined the iPhone club.