How can you help your child de-stress as they accomplish this critical activity?
- Plan your work – Make sure you have a calendar in hand to map out the application into steps to make the process more achievable and less daunting. Set the date/time for actions, including application deadlines. Schedule all targeted school applications. Identify which schools use the Common App or Coalition App or another application to sort your tasks in related application methods. Identify proofreaders for step 5 and put them on the schedule.
- Build a resume – Key aspects of your resume are readily used on a college application. Consider work experience, projects you completed, papers written, course work accomplished, volunteering, etc.
- Maintain a portfolio – Keep a document or folder on all activities, awards, and recognition you have received, in order to best organize which ones would be best for certain application questions.
- Work your plan – Commit to meeting the milestones of your action plan (1) and reward yourself for keeping on track. Once you’ve completed one application, reward yourself again. The following applications are typically much easier as you have most of the elements repeated.
- Review & Proof – Always check your application for errors/consistency and engage your list of proof readers to ensure a “second set of eyes” has reviewed each of your college applications before submittal
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Writing the Essay for Applications
- Brainstorm your college essays first before writing them. Most schools have word limits. Start with the one message you want to convey and be concise in how you convey the message..
- Show, Don’t Tell- – it’s a common English teacher phrase. Present your points as though you’re taking a person on a journey. It enables the reader to feel as if he or she is reading a chapter of your life rather than an application.
- Choose your words carefully. Utilize strong and specific words without sounding to forced, especially verbs.
- Do word searches on some of the key messages you’re writing about. Oftentimes this will give you creative ways to be more concise, engaging and interesting.
- Proofread, Proofread, Proofread. As stated above, allow time in your plan to re-read your essay after you’ve taken time away from it. Always give others who have experience in writing a chance to review/comment on what you’ve created before you submit it.
Again – contact us to help in this process. We have years of experience that can reduce your stress and improve the product you create. Good luck on this important aspect of your college journey!