Give Thanks for Good College Admissions Advice

Tis the season for thankfulness! While hopefully you have a heaping amount of joy and success to be thankful for, we hope you are also grateful for solid and quality admissions advice. In 2017, there are tons of valuable information and resources available so that you are not painfully and confusingly reaching towards your dream college all by your lonesome! In case you missed it over the years, here is a round-up of the best admissions advice we can give and have given our high school students. It is not cliché and it never gets old because there truly is a method and a strategy to the college admissions madness.

1. Ivy doesn’t mean better
Apply to where your heart desires and where you think you will thrive. If that is Ivy League go for it. And if it’s not a renown and super popular school that is perfectly fine too. Chase your interests not titles, names, and notoriety.

2. Apply early
When the deadline comes around admissions officers see a huge spike in applications. That’s when the procrastinators send them in. It’s advantageous to get ahead of the bubble. Think about it strategically: there are thousands of applications and essays to get through. If you get yours in early, the reader may be more relaxed and in a better mood at that point in the process.

3. Keep soaring
Don’t let the stress of college admissions keep you from current responsibilities. A high school student’s number one job is succeeding in high school. Stellar grades, plenty of after-school and community activities is still imperative.  

4. Submit a strong essay
Remember content and critical thinking is imperative in the admissions essay. This is a student’s time to shine so make sure your voice, thoughts, and personality will show remarkably. Check for grammar and have a peer or trusted adult edit it. Don’t rush to submit, give your essay a fresh pair of eyes and reread and edit your essay two days later, and then again a week later. Submit your very best work.

5. Let the student lead
The student not the parent should be in the driver’s seat of the entire college admissions process. Parents can ask questions and be critical of poor decisions but they need to allow the student to find their way. Let the students be the drivers, let them take ownership. Parents should be a great sounding board, but they should not be the ones filling out the applications and hand holding throughout the process.

6. You don’t have to take every advance class
You don’t have to take every advanced class. You should challenge yourself. For some students this might mean taking the most advanced classes, but it also might mean taking the most advanced classes appropriate for that student, and not spreading themselves too thin. Don’t stress yourself out because you are trying to “look” impressive.

7. Study early
Procrastination is the enemy. Do not wait until the last-minute to familiarize yourself with the ACT or SAT and start your test prep. If writing is not your strong point don’t wait until the last-minute to hire an essay coach or start strategizing on your content creation. Also, start increasing your vocabulary and studying common SAT words as early as possible.

8. Ask questions and show up
Look for ways that you can shine beyond on paper. When planning your college visits, do your research. Look on the website for clubs you’d join if you were a first year student, and email the president or outreach coordinator and ask to sit in on a meeting or event. During the visit, be your most outgoing self. Talk to every person you can.

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