Hey guys! It’s Juliette again (surprise surprise).
Life update: I finally finished all of my college applications!
It seems fitting to reflect on my college application experience and give tips to those who haven’t started yet. Here goes nothing:
- I procrastinated (a lot): There was only so much I could write about myself before I got sick of myself.
- I spent more time complaining about college apps than I did actually writing them: To my poor friends that received multiple snapchats of a stressed-out Juliette, I’m sorry. Consider it a compliment that I vented to you. I trusted you with my troubles.
- I realized that I don’t really have a dream school: Maybe it’s because I don’t want to be let down, or maybe it’s because there is something unique about each school that I applied to. Maybe it’s because I realized that no matter where I end up going, college is going to be what I make of it.
- I learned a lot about myself in the process: Some college essays required a lot of soul-searching. Some made me concentrate on my insecurities and weaknesses. Others made me reflect on my past experiences.
- Reuse essays only if they seem fitting: You can save a lot of time if you reuse essays for similar prompts. If you do so, be sure to edit your essays a bit to fit each prompt and word count. Exception: Never reuse a “Why this school” kind of essay.
- Don’t overstress: Unless you’re applying to over 20 schools (please don’t), college apps really aren’t as bad as everyone makes them seem. Besides, I believe you end up going where you are destined to go.
- Ask for help: For me, it was really beneficial to get an outside perspective on my essays. Doing so made the corrections less biased because the editors didn’t know much about me. SHAMELESS PLUG: HSA Tutoring’s College Essay Program really helped me brainstorm interesting ideas for my essays.
- Try not to procrastinate: Start early. Trust me, spending your Thanksgiving/winter break frantically writing essays is not fun. Writing college apps should be like Nike. Just do it.
That’s it for now! If you have any questions and/or suggestions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!