Applying at any college can be daunting, but you need to look at this as a process that will help you improve your life. Be as positive about the process as you can so that you can get going as soon as possible. When we take things on with a negative attitude, it can become stressful and it might lead to not doing well. I do understand from experience that this is a very important part of your career building process and getting into the right college is vital. From experience, I know it is not always enjoyable, but I wish I could redo mine and be a bit more lighthearted about the stress. Here are some tips on how to survive the college admissions process and come out successfully.
- Start early
There is no time to waste when it comes to college applications. For some reason, we like to wait till the last minute before we get going without preparations. This will only cause more stress and probably no time to do a personal statement review. Give yourself enough time to do your best and also to make sure you do not miss any important information.
- Check the requirements
When you start applying at various colleges it is normal to think that all will be the same, but you need to check each college’s requirements separately. Even though there are a lot of similarities, there could also be differences. You do not want to lose marks for missing a step in the application process. They might require an extra document than another college and without that document, you application might not be successful.
- Call a friend
There are times when we write out college essays and become a little biased. Do not take it for granted that personal statement proofreading is a waste of time. If you are one of those people who do not proofread, ask a friend or family member to help you with it. They are also more likely to pick up on mistakes that you might have missed.
- Perfection is not the goal
If your goal is to write the perfect essay, you should rethink your strategy. As human beings, we are not perfect and neither are our lives. In fact, it is the imperfections that make us who we are. The struggles you went through is what the committee will find fascinating, instead of your uninterrupted life. There is no perfection, but it is still beautiful.
- Meet the deadlines
Please be aware of the deadlines and there will be no excuses accepted for late submissions. There really is no reason to submit late if you start the process early. I am talking about non-life-threatening events happening, but just due to poor planning.
Always be yourself when you are writing your college essay. The committee wants to get to know the real you, not the person you made up in your head of who you think they would want to accept. There is no reason to hide the amazing person you are and even your flaws are interestingly beautiful.
Do not let this process become one that you dread and can’t wait to complete. Instead, let this be a good memory for you. You have worked hard to get to this point and you deserve to be accepted at any college. Also, do not be too hung up on the idea of which college you want to go to. If it is meant to be it will be.
You can thrive at any college and the name is really not that important. Focus on the studies that will be done and not the vain idea that some colleges are more elite than others. If your first choice turned out to be unsuccessful, be okay with the one that came through. You are going to college and that is more than a lot of people can say. Allow yourself to enjoy the opportunity given to you and make the most of it by studying hard and completing your work on time. Being a good student is not the hardest thing. All you have to do is commit to the process and do your personal best each and every day.
Millie Bryan is a content writer and an amateur guest post writer. She has experience in studying abroad and she is happy to share it with others. Her life motto is: “Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.”
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