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Role of parents in the common app?

Hey guys, I'm wondering how much involvement my parents should have in the common app process. Are there any specific sections they need to help with or any part of the application where their input is necessary?

6 months ago

It's important to find a balance when it comes to parent involvement in the Common App process. While it's ultimately your application, there are a few sections in which their input or help can be useful. Here's a breakdown of where and how they could contribute:

1. Basic demographic and financial information: Your parents can provide factual details such as family background, income, and occupation. This information is essential for need-based financial aid.

2. Reviewing your activity section: While your parents shouldn't dictate which extracurriculars you include, they may remind you of activities you overlooked or offer advice on how to phrase your descriptions.

3. Proofreading your essays: While your essays should reflect your own voice and ideas, your parents can help with proofreading for grammar, punctuation, and clarity. Make sure they don't overstep and try to change the content or voice of your essays.

4. Recommending colleges: Your parents might have insights into specific colleges or preferences regarding location, size, or program offerings. Consider their suggestions, but remember the decision is ultimately yours.

5. Financial aid applications: If you're applying for financial aid, your parents will need to provide financial information and help complete the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile.

6. College visits or virtual tours: Your parents may want to accompany you on college visits, whether in-person or virtual, to provide their feedback.

Remember that the Common App is your personal portrayal, and your authentic voice should shine through. Your parents can offer input and support, but make sure you're driving the process and maintaining control over your application. Good luck!

6 months ago

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