For all of our high school seniors – college application season is upon us! We know it’s overwhelming and want to help you stand out from the crowd. Here are 5 tips to help you push through this stressful time!
#1. Make a calendar of deadlines for college applications. No one wants to realize an app is due the day before! Keeping a watchful eye on deadlines will reduce the risk of having this happen to you!
Resources to use:
Wave for iPhone and Android users – This free app has the capabilites of calendar syncing, notifications for events, it can even merge appointments from Google Tasks. Check it out!
Sunrise for iPhone and Android users – The basic layout of a calendar that is convenient and easy to use. Sunrise automatically syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your calendar from anywhere. Just plug in those application deadlines and you’ll be sure to never forget them!
#2. Do not complete all your applications in one day. Use your app calendar of deadlines to create a schedule of when you are going to work on your apps. Make sure to span them out and give at at least a week’s worth of time for each app. This way you will have a clear head each time you sit down with your app and little by little it will be perfected. Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking they all have to be done at the same moment and in one day!
#3. Seek help and guidance from counselors, teachers, even family members. Essays are a large part of competing your college apps. Seek out advice from your mentors to review your app for grammar mistakes and general feedback. These are great people to have review your app and help with a letter of recommendation. (*Hint* – If you’ve been using your Student Page, it is a GREAT resource to give someone that is writing a college recommendation letter for you.) Make sure to give your recommender at least a week or two’s notice!
#4. Google Yourself – In today’s world social media is a huge outlet to express opinions and connect but do you know that almost 40% of college admissions are looking at students social media presence! Whether it be Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook it is crucial to realize that potential colleges are looking to see what type of person they may be admitting. Making sure that your online presence is positive is very important. Your GoEnnounce Student Page is a great way to highlight all of your strengths and passions in a positive light!
#5. Put your best effort forward & relax!! This is surely a stressful time but it’s important to remember what you are working for (the next 4 years of your life!). Be aware that taking a mental break or doing something fun to de-stress is essential to your emotional, physical, and mental health. Getting into a college will shape your future, just set realistic expectations for yourself and don’t get discouraged.