Navigating the Common App with Robert

Recorded Wednesday, November 24 at 12:00 AM

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About this livestream


Get an in-depth walkthrough of the 2021-22 Common Application.

Robert will provide a live walkthrough of the updated Common App for 2020. He'll go section-by-section, walking through how to answer each set of questions and pointing out tripwires and pitfalls to avoid.

He'll also open up the floor for a Q&A where he'll answer any and all questions about the Common App or Common App essay.

Your host

Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics; Classics (Intensive)

Work Experience: As a recent graduate of Yale University, I am excited to begin my first year with CollegeVine! In many ways, CV was a natural fit for me -- at Yale, I worked for over two years in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, beginning as a Senior Interviewer in the summer of 2019, during which I interviewed over 200 first-year applicants for the 2019-2020 college admissions cycle. After the summer ended, I became Lead Recruitment Coordinator, a full-time position responsible for executing and overseeing Yale’s numerous post-admissions decision yield initiatives, as well as serving as a spokesman for the university both in person and online. Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of interacting with hundreds of students and their families at all stages of the college application process.

My Admissions Story: Having always been interested in studying a variety of subjects within the Humanities and Social Sciences, I applied to a smattering of liberal arts colleges and universities (mostly on the East Coast) with strong departments in these areas, large and diverse student bodies, and varied extracurricular opportunities. When my college admissions decisions rolled in, I immediately accepted an offer from my dream school, Yale University, which I had always felt best embodied the opportunities and goals that I desired from my college experience -- and since that day, I’ve never looked back.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Robert and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
0:54@Joanne:all good!
0:56@HunterG:I can see it
6:16@HunterG:Loved your Yale stream yesterday
24:24@Libbybee:A bit of a random the prompts for supplemental essays change from year-to-year?
45:17@Vidhyagovindan:What is a theme?
49:11@Vidhyagovindan:For computer science student what is a theme?
50:22@Shilpa:If we submit scores for SAT in Common App, do we need to send it through College Board also?
51:07@HunterG:the only top school that I know for sure requires courses and grades is Stanford
51:27@kayla.3:Do you have to apply to all colleges at one time, or can you apply to separate colleges on different dates?
52:01@kayla.3:Should you waive your rights to view letters of recommendation?
52:42@Oyinkansola678:do the prompts for supplemental essays change from year-to-year?
53:13@Oyinkansola678:Can we not send Ap scores especially if we have low scores?
53:38@Libbybee:How do I view my decision?? I always see people long into the actual college website.
54:57@enayayay:this is a little unrelated to the common app but,, you said that one of your "themes" in high school was writing. how did you express that through extracurriculars and other activities? i also want my interest in writing to show through when im applying for colleges but not sure how to go about it.
56:49@1penster:how do recommenders send the recommendation to common app or do I request through common app account
58:34@Oyinkansola678:I am movinghe summer of my senior year how do I request councilor and teachers rec letters
59:13@LaurieH:Most people say colleges really want to see “leadership” in the extracurriculars Agency/initiatve seems equally important. Do colleges recognize ability to take action on non-group activity as being equal to leading a group of fellow students?
61:37@HunterG:if I wanted to, could I write multiple common app essays and submit them to different colleges? I know it's not really worth the effort, but I have a bunch of activities that would be differently perceived at different colleges
64:41@HunterG:Thank You! I'll be there for the Friday session
64:45@1penster:thank you
64:48@LaurieH:Thanks. very useful!
65:17@Libbybee:I'll be there <3
65:36@Oyinkansola678:Thank you, his was so helpful
65:38@enayayay:thank you so much! will tune in for more in the future


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