Hey everyone! I'm a junior in high school, and I'm starting to think about the college application process. I want to make sure I don't make any easily avoidable mistakes. Can anyone share some common errors or pitfalls to watch out for? Thanks so much!
Hey there! It's great that you're starting to think about the college application process early. Here are a few common mistakes to avoid: 1. Procrastination: Start working on your applications as soon as possible, especially the essays. Give yourself plenty of time to revise and perfect them. 2. Ignoring deadlines: Stay organized and keep track of all the important dates, such as application deadlines and financial aid deadlines. Missing a deadline could mean you miss out on an opportunity. 3. Not proofreading: Double-check your application for any grammatical errors or typos. Ask a trusted adult, teacher, or counselor to review your application materials before submitting. 4. Choosing the wrong recommenders: Make sure to ask the teachers or mentors who know you well and can speak to your strengths. Give them ample time to write a thoughtful letter. 5. Focusing solely on prestige: Don't just apply to schools because of their ranking. Research each school's programs, campus culture, and location to ensure they're a good fit for you. Best of luck with your applications!