Completing College and University Applications
When admissions fever infects high schools, it's easy to become a casualty
of stress, anxiety and panic. Let preparation be your vaccine.
You've narrowed down the massive list of school choices to a select few
to which you want to apply. Hard as it was, the filtering process probably
felt pretty good because you knew what you were looking for and made the final
Now it's time for the filter to be turned inside out. You did your screening;
now admissions officers get to do theirs. And you're on the initial list of
choices. The trick is making it through to the final "accepted" list.
Even though the admissions board will be making the final judgment, you're
by no means in a passive situation. There's a lot of work to be done and details
to consider so that you can plead your best case.
Once you figure out your plan of attack, you'll have developed immunity
to that agonizing admissions fever.
"What you don't know or notice can hurt you big time," says Peter Cowley,
head of an education resource.
"Just ask all the students hanging out at student services in September
fixing details that should have been finished the previous April. Look, be
calm, be organized. That way, you can enjoy the prom and still get into the
school of your choice!"
We'll let you know how and when to get your materials as well
as what you have to remember when you send them off. We'll also give you advice
on what to do when that all-important decision letter lands in your mailbox.
At the completion of all of the segments of this article, you should be
- Approach the entire admissions process with a clearer idea of what it
takes to get admitted to the school of your choice
- Know how to get the process rolling and why organization is key
- List all the materials in the admissions folder and apply the suggested
tips and advice to each document or situation
- Remember what needs to be done when you send your package, when you're
waiting for the envelope and when you finally get a response
- Refer to the resource lists to get more detail about parts of the application