There’s nothing more stressful than getting your college applications together. Senioritis is a real thing, and if you don’t do your best to fight it, then you are going to have a hard time getting into your top schools. That’s why you need to know how to get through it all. Here are 5 college admission survival tips for students.
- SubmitYour Applications Well Ahead of the Deadline
One of the best ways to ensure that your applications will be read and truly considered by each and every college that you apply to is to get them in early. They will read all of their applications in the order that they receive them, and they definitely take into account the timeliness of those applications. Plus, after reading a few hundred applications, one naturally starts to become fatigued, so the earlier you get yours in, the fresher the eyes and brains reading them will be.
- Take Your SAT or ACT Early
You never know how well you are going to score on your SAT or ACT, which is why it’s so important that you take them as early as possible. Of course, you want to get yourself into a prep course if you can, and take the PSAT beforehand if you plan to take the SAT. Either way, if you don’t perform as well as you would like to, then you are going to want to take them again before it’s time to turn in your college applications. It will be a drag, but it will be worth it.
- Do Your Research
You won’t know exactly what your top schools are until you’ve thoroughly done your research. On top of that, once you do have your top schools picked out, you want to be sure that you really know what they are looking for in their students so that you can focus on demonstrating those aspects of yourself in your application. If you want to go to Villanova University, then you are going to need to know what they are looking for in their students; it will probably be quite different from what other schools like Florida State want.
- Tailor Your Essay
Once you’ve done your research on your top school, you want to tailor your essay to that school, touching upon all of the things that make you an ideal candidate for admissions. There are all different ways that you can approach your essay, and a lot of times it will be very open ended, so you won’t know exactly what to write about unless you have an idea of what the school is looking for. If the schools you are applying to are looking for different qualities, then you will need to tailor your essay to each and every one.
- Get Glowing Letters of Recommendation
From the very beginning of your senior year, if not sooner, you want to be working on developing positive relationships with your teachers. You want to focus particularly on the teachers that teach the subject you are planning to major in. If you don’t know what you will major in yet, then it’s no big deal, but make sure you can secure a glowing letter of recommendation from a teacher who respects you.