For some of you seniors, the school year has already started or is quickly approaching which makes now a good time to talk about college apps. If you’re going out of your way to read this article it’s either because you’re super excited about college or really nervous. Or maybe even a bit of both. Regardless of what you’re feeling, I’m here to tell you to B.R.E.A.T.H.E.
It’s important that when you’re writing your personal statement, you make sure you’re being yourself. While this is a big deal and the stakes can feel high, don’t stress yourself out trying to make it perfect. Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to tell your story. Be your authentic self. Don’t be scared to be vulnerable; this is your time to shine.
Procrastination kills! With all the different applications and deadlines, it can be hard to keep track of it all. One of the worst feelings is when you realized you have an assignment due at 11:59 pm and it’s 8:00 pm. Well, imagine you have 20 essays due and the deadline is the next morning! Crazy right? But that’s what happens when you don’t prepare. Get as much done ahead of time so you can make it easier on yourself later.
When researching schools remember that social media is your best friend. Research is more than just googling how much money you can get from the school or the population and GPA requirements. Reach out to people that go to the school and ask them about their experience. Look up influencers that go to the school and watch their videos discussing the schools. If possible take a tour of the schools. If you can’t physically be there, most schools have virtual tour options to take advantage of. Visit the school’s website or call them for more info.
(A)ssess Your Aspirations:
Your college experience is supposed to be fun. Think of things you’re passionate about and want to be included in your college experience and apply to schools that have what you’re looking for.
(T)ake Your Time:
Don’t feel like you have to do everything at once. If possible, space out your applications. If you’re interested in applying for early action only apply to your top priority schools early action and your other applications throughout the year according to their respective deadlines.
Be (H)ardworking & Committed:
Applying for colleges and preparing to transition from senior year to a college freshman is hard but nothing you can’t handle. As long as you stay steadfast and put in the work there’s nothing that can stop you.
I know the whole college application process can be stressful but relax! This is your senior year. Take a weekend off and go to a party or go hang out with your friends or family. You didn’t come all this way so be stressed out at the end. This is your last year of high school, enjoy it!
By Lauryn Friar, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep