Leaving Out Your Individuality
You are an individual, and there is no person exactly the same in the whole world. The Admission Office has to be able to see you as a real person in their specific surrounding. Factors like the socioeconomic background you come from and your daily responsibilities are important for understanding exactly who you are. If you don’t come from an affluent socioeconomic background, it is only logical that you haven’t had the same opportunities as some luckier individuals. If you have to work, or if you babysit your younger siblings, you’re not going to have time for as many extracurriculars as some of your other peers. Are some other parts of your academic background weaker than the rest? Why is that? Did you have any medical problems in your junior year that affected this?
However, you have to be careful not to include unnecessary information. The Admission Office doesn’t need or want to know every part of your past. It is not important that you broke up with Linda because you cheated on her with Lucie. Make sure to highlight events that have significantly and positively affected your experience. Furthermore, don’t send in six letters of recommendation if only one was asked for. This won’t make your application better, the Admission Office already has to read a bunch of stuff, it will only annoy them.
Deadlines are important. You have to keep track of them, and the best suggestion I have for you is write them down on a calendar that you will put on a visible place, a wall for example. This is basically being organized, something colleges value highly. Moreover, remember that some parts of your application are not solely your responsibility. For stuff like a letter of recommendation, make sure to ask your teacher on time.
Simple Mistakes That Could Have Easily Been Avoided
Bureaucracy is not a strong suit of teenagers. If you come by any parts of your application that you are not sure you completely understand, ask for advice. Your parents or teachers have much more experience with things like these and can prevent you from making some stupid mistake that could cost you your preferred college.
Incorrect grammar and spelling mistakes are another set of stupid mistakes you could make. Ask another person to read your application, don’t rely on spell check. And then proofread again.
Protip: Check your social media. Make sure you don’t have any material that a college would disregard you for on your facebook. Also, firstname.lastname@example.org isn’t an appropriate email address for a college application. Make a new one.
Applying for colleges is stressful, but all of use have gone through it, and you will to. These were three mistakes that are often made, but can easily be prevented. Good luck!
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