Are you already stressing over the college application process? Experts agree that the time to start the process is actually the freshman year of high school. Waiting until the fall of the senior year when so many exams and projects are due, college visits are underway and it’s a generally stressful time of year can make the process even more daunting. Follow these recommendations from the college admissions professionals and high school guidance counselors to ensure a smooth process for all involved.
The number one recommendation is to begin a log, or brag sheet, of all activities each semester and summer during high school. It will be much simpler to gather this information as it unfolds versus attempting to recreate it under pressure days before the college applications are due. From civic engagements, church activities, school clubs, sports and part time jobs, it can be difficult to remember all of the details several years after the fact. When selecting sports, clubs and activities, make sure you make the selections based on your true interests, not those of your peers or which activities you think might appear strongest on a college application. Discover what your passion is and you will excel.
Identify teachers and community contacts the summer before senior year from which you will request recommendations. Many colleges have specific forms that accompany the application and won’t be available until you actually apply. Reach out to these individuals and ask if they can provide a reference in the fall. When the applications are released, provide these individuals with a copy of your activity log to enable them to write a more specific recommendation that reflects your interests and accomplishments.
During the college tour process, don’t make a judgement on the fit of the school based solely on the campus tour or tour guide. These are generally very long and provide an abundance of information. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from the smart styles available at Old Navy to put your best foot forward during the college tours and interviews. Best of luck to you in managing your application and tour process.