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5 College Application Tips to Help you De-Stress

Mary Tonoyan, Writer/Photo Editor

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Applying for colleges can be an extremely stressful process. However, you can manage it and prevent it from becoming overwhelming with these tips:

1. Start in the summer:
Seriously. While it might seem like there are weeks or months until you really need to buckle down, any work you do early will pay huge dividends when deadlines start rolling around.

2. Make a calendar:
Preferably a big calendar—one that you will see on a regular basis. While it might seem like having to look at all those deadlines would be stressful, it is much worse to be unsure of when everything needs to be done than to know when they’re due. Make sure to put both “hard” deadlines, like the dates the colleges want your applications, and “soft” deadlines, such as when you want to ask your teachers for letters of recommendation.

3. Spend time thinking about your college essay before you write it:
Sitting down and staring at a blank word document is very stressful. Start by thinking about what you want to write about and what makes you unique or will make you stand out to the reader. Don’t try to guess what the admissions officers want to read; you will end up with a significantly less meaningful (and by extension, helpful) essay. If you cannot decide between a few topics, try to write a quick rough draft for each of them. You will find very quickly that some topics are difficult to make strong essays out of.

4. Set a time to talk about college applications with your family:
It is much more productive to have an hour or so a week set aside for this purpose. Having a time set to discuss the college process will allow you spend less time stressing about it and more time working on it. This will also force you to have weekly progress in your application. (I also would NOT advise making this “college time” late Sunday evening—I found Saturday to be the best day for this.)

5. Relax.
You will finish all of your applications by the deadlines, even though it might not seem like it at times. Remember that although the college application process can be all-consuming at times, it will end after a few months.

GOOD LUCK.

 

 

 

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