Students stress over college prep


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Make sure you keep track of when applications are due for each college that you apply to, because deadlines vary.

Skylar Clark, Head Editor-in-Chief

Preparing for college can be stressful. There is so much to do with getting recommendations to writing essays. With early admission for most schools on November 1st, here is a checklist of things you need to do when applying for colleges.

  1. Go on the Common App or Coalition App. Check whether the school you’re applying to is on these apps. Instead of filling out multiple applications on each college’s site, you can save yourself time and hassle by filling out one application that can be used for multiple schools. The Common App also lists school’s deadlines. If your school of choice doesn’t show up on this platform, then you have to apply to the college directly,but definitely check first because it is a big time saver.
  2. Write personalized essays. A lot of colleges ask you to write about reasons that you are choosing your major, or to describe a challenge, hardship, or misfortune in your life that you’ve overcome. These questions are a way for admission advisors to get to know you, so make your essay unique and express who you truly are.
  3.  Ask for recommendation letters EARLY. Do you have a favorite teacher or coach who you plan to   ask for a recommendation? Chances are, a lot of other seniors have asked for a recommendation. If you wait until the last minute to ask, they may not have time to complete yours, so it pays to ask early.
  4. Have someone look over your application. Before you hit submit, have someone you trust look over it. You want to put your best foot forward and a fresh set of eyes can catch grammar and spelling errors you may have overlooked.