College Application Advice

Skylar Long

Graduating Seniors share their advice regarding the college applications process.

“Don’t procrastinate, make sure you have everything organized and on time. Don’t wait until the last minute.” – Savannah

“Be prepared for rejection” – Anonymous

“Be yourself and be creative. But remember how competitive it is. Don’t be so hard on yourself. It doesn’t matter where you go, it matters what you do.” – Shelly Borrelli

“Get started as soon as possible. Even if you have months until the deadline- do not wait. College apps are not something to procrastinate on and they are a lot of work, so you should really get them started early on.” – Bailey Blom

“Don’t save it till last minute, start your essays early so you have more time to edit and review them.” – Clara Smith

“For the essay portion, picking something you’re truly passionate about or something you’re really into it will get you a long way because it shows more of who you are if you write an essay about the different kinds of chocolate then all your accomplishments that you already have written down somewhere else!” – Anonymous

“It’s easier than you think, make sure you base your opinions on our future and not your current friends.” – Anonymous

“Start as soon as possible. Don’t put it off until the last minute.” – Anonymous

“Follow your gut, if you feel too lazy to complete the UC applications for example, then maybe applying isn’t meant for you. I subscribe to the idea that you will end up where you are meant to end up in life whether that place will be perfect for you or teach you something you would’ve otherwise missed. Also don’t feel bad if your college isn’t a UC or in the Ivy League, don’t sacrifice a fulfilling and enjoyable college experience for clout on your college announcement post.” – Sophie Goricanec 

“Start early and don’t hesitate to ask for help.” – Anonymous

“Start early! Try to start writing rough drafts the Summer before senior year. It makes it a lot easier in the long run!” – Amanda Liu

“Start early and do your research! Don’t apply to a school you wouldn’t be excited about going to, you’ll be going there for four years so it should make you excited! Don’t worry about what other people will think of the college you are going to, all that matters is that you like the school. Names and ranks of universities aren’t everything, and they don’t determine how smart or successful you are or will be.” – Alissa Hamner

“Get in touch personally with your admissions counselor at your top schools. Engage, ask questions and show interest! This allows them to get to know you as an applicant better :).” – Dana Hammer

“Keep asking questions and get different opinions about what school to go to and what major to pursue in the school” – Ali

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