The goals of this application are to reflect your unique interests, experiences, capabilities, and pursuits. Towards this end, is there anything else you would like us to know? (250 word limit)
The summer before my senior year of college, I helped edit a paper phone book. My supervisor Mike, a technical writer, worked on the design and content strategy. I proofread and checked numbers, dialing phone numbers ranging between five and 15 digits. When a person answered, I repeated their number back and said, “Do I have your right name and phone number?” Given that I had already dialed the number, the voices on the other end of the phone rarely corrected me.
With so many colleges offering versions of Early Action and Early Decision, one of your strongest admission moves when figuring out how to get into college is to get your first applications finished and out the door by the Early Action deadline.
Even if your high school doesn’t spend much time on college admissions--or if most people from your high school apply to the local college--here are five reasons why you should get started now, and send out a handful of Early Action applications.
This past summer on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), I worked with College Summit peer leaders, high school seniors, to craft their personal essays for college applications. They joined 70 new peers from around the country who each only knew the other three people from their high school.
They had never met me, and yet we were going to be required to spend 15 hours together over four days. Over the course of the week, the students met the other attendees, worked with college coaches, attended peer sessions, and learned to live in a dorm room with someone they had never met.
When asked what was unique about themselves when we began the writing process, each struggled to identify anything. Since the four in my group knew each other, I asked them to share what they thought was unique about the others. Suddenly, we had a starting point.