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Tips for easily navigating the Common App completion process?

I just started working on my Common App and I'm a bit overwhelmed. There's so much to fill out! Does anyone have a checklist or some tips on how to tackle this without missing any parts? Maybe some advice on how to keep it all organized and ensure that I'm completing everything correctly?

8 months ago

Absolutely, tackling the Common App can feel like a Herculean task, but breaking it down into smaller, manageable chunks can make all the difference. Here's a little strategy: start with setting up your account and getting familiar with the different sections. Next, collect all the necessary information you'll need to complete your profile – think school details, extracurriculars, honors, etc.

Then, go section by section, starting with the easiest parts (like demographics) to get some momentum. For the activities section, make a list beforehand of everything you've participated in, including leadership roles and time commitments, so you can enter this information more swiftly.

As for the essay, I recommend drafting it in a separate document to spell-check before copying it over to the application.

You can also make the Common App feel more manageable by working with an Collegevine advisor: these advisors have been through the process many many times, and thus are well equipped to guide you through it.

Lastly, keep a checklist and a calendar with you - note down each part you've completed, and set deadlines for the others. And remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint, so take your time to ensure accuracy and thoughtfulness in your responses.

8 months ago

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