College Advice: Applications

So, the summer has come to an end and it’s your senior year of high school. College application season is getting ready to begin, and you feel overwhelmed by everything. That was me two summers ago. So, today I’m going to share with you a few things to help you conquer college applications!

How many schools to apply to

Honestly, I don’t think there is a perfect number of schools. I know people who applied to over 10. My best advice is to apply to at least one school in these three categories: your backups (schools you’re positive you’ll get into), your middle ground schools (ones you’re pretty sure you’ll get into, but you don’t feel secure enough to only apply there), and your reach schools (schools you’d love to go to, but, as the name says, it’s a reach).

When to send in your applications

This one can’t be stressed enough; getting all of your applications sent in ahead of time will make things so much easier for you. Early action deadlines are great because you hear back months earlier than you would with the regular deadline, but it’s not binding like early decision is. I sent in all of my applications within the first few months of school, even if they weren’t due until winter. It gave me less time to stress and more time to actually focus on senior year.

Dealing with rejection

Not everyone is going to get into every school they applied to, and that’s okay. I didn’t get into my top choice when I applied to schools. Sure, it’s not fun to hear “no” but it all works out in the end. I am so happy where I ended up choosing to go to school, so much so that I don’t know if I would have even enjoyed the school I wanted to go to so badly.

Picking the right school

So, you’ve got into a few schools and you don’t know which one to choose. My tip? Go back and tour again. If they have an accepted students day or weekend, go! The academics and programs are what got you to apply, but the feel of the campus and the types of people there are what’s going to help you make your final decision. You’re going to be living on campus, eating on campus, attending classes on campus, and if you don’t like that part of the school the academics are most likely not going to be enough to feel worth it.

College application season can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! With these few tips, hopefully, you can conquer your college applications with ease!

With love

Mackenzie

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