Demonstrated interest -- the term that describes how interested a student appears to be in a particular college -- is one of those mystery components in the application process. When it comes to a college making your admission decision, does your interest in attending matter or not? The answer to this question, as with most questions regarding the application process, is “it depends.”
College application season is upon us and high school seniors everywhere are ready to do what they once thought was light years away: hitting that “submit” button on their applications. Before jumping ahead to the waiting game, let’s back up to the present and talk about what comes next.
Each part of the college application process has its own unique set of challenges, opportunities and expectations. Before sending an application into the abyss of the admission offices, students need to be prepared with the many items that make an application complete.
The oft-overlooked key to a successful junior year is keeping one eye on the now and one eye on the future. The now involves focus on your current academic coursework, exciting extracurricular activities, and social/family life. The future encompasses planning for the chapter after high school. The tips below will help juniors and their families approach this exciting year with the right mindset.
Starting anything new is hard – the first day of a new school year, a new class, getting in shape. We tend to put these things off, and they linger and linger. Add to that the pressure of wanting it to be “perfect” (which nothing is!), and sitting down to write the personal essay for the college application can seem pretty daunting!
To help you calm those fears, here are 5 tips on how to approach this looming, often intimidating, yet very critical part of your college application:
Perhaps your favorite gift last holiday season was a label maker (mine was!) or maybe you are a self-proclaimed World Class Procrastinator. Regardless of where you fall on the personal organization continuum, the college application process is comprised of many types of deadlines for each college or university. All too often, one school’s application deadline happens on the same day (or during the same week) as another school’s scholarship deadline. With so many moving parts to keep track of, empower yourself with a system!
Follow these five tips to build structure around a multi-layered process.