Don’t let fears or a busy schedule keep you from successfully completing your college applications.
By now, prospective college students should have their applications well under way, especially if they are planning to apply early decision or early action. However, if you’re struggling to finish, don’t panic. Instead, take a moment to reflect on the situation, and then create a plan to successfully complete your applications.
Here are three practical suggestions to help you get your college applications on track.
These fears are perfectly normal – and many students face them during their transition to college. However, you cannot allow fear to hold you back.
You may also be worried about a portion of the application process. Maybe you aren’t certain you have chosen the right schools, or maybe you’re worried that your personal statement will be terrible.
Or maybe you are just short on time. Take a moment to reflect on how important college is to your future. Imagine finding yourself at home when your friends leave for college next year – use that feeling as motivation to make time for completing the applications.
Once you have defined the issues that are holding you back, begin looking for solutions. Millions of students make it through this process – you can too.
If you’re nervous about your prospective schools not being the right fit, consider taking another campus visit if you are able or seeing if you can connect with a current student online – through school forums or social media – to get a personal perspective of the school.
If you’re concerned about the strength of your personal statement, ask a parent, teacher or other trusted adult to review the essay for you and give honest feedback on areas you can improve to make it truly stand out.
(Many thanks to Brian Witte, Ph.D, Varsity Tutors)