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Applying for College!

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As a senior, it is time to start applying for college! It can be a little nerve-racking going through the process so here are some tips to make the process go a little smoother.

1. Even if you don’t think you are going to attend a certain college it can’t hurt to apply just in case so you have a “safety school” or a backup. The purpose of this is to be sure you’re not left without a second option in case your first choice falls through.

2. If you are applying to a school that requires a college essay for acceptance there are a few easy things you can do in order to make yours stand out! When you are writing your essay make sure to include what makes you unique, talk about something personal and meaningful to you. Your essay is your time to shine and make the admissions office remember you. Remember that a million-page essay or a plethora of big words and long sentences are not necessarily a good thing. Keep it simple, but make sure to include depth to the story you are portraying.

3. When you are crafting your resume it is important to keep track of all of the service you have done as well as the extracurricular activities you have participated in. A well thought out resume can be the highlight of your application if written correctly. It is your time to brag about all of the things you have accomplished throughout your high school career!

4. College interviews! If you are applying to a prestigious college they will most likely require you to go through an interview process to determine your character. This process can be very intimidating but it is very important to remember to be yourself and have fun with it. Don’t be too rigid and be sure to smile! A smile can say a lot about your personality and can help you to relax while you’re in your interview. 

5. Before you decide on your college of choice you should make an official visit. This is a very important thing to do because you are then able to determine whether you like the environment or not. The environment of the school is a very crucial part of your decision. If you choose a school that does not fit your personality then it might be difficult for you to make friends and join clubs. College is also a time for you to get out of your comfort zone and try new things so don’t be afraid to try something new and different. 

I hope this article was helpful throughout your decision process as well as the application process. Thanks for reading!

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