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If I could change one thing....


Replies to: If I could change one thing....

  • jellybeanjjellybeanj Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    Apply ED and work on the RD essays a LOT sooner.
  • yenniamyenniam Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    reading this is super helpful haha. now I know what I'm doing from now till December. thx
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 11,483 Senior Member
    Apply early decision to a need blind school, don't believe the colleges who tout financial aid not being a big deal, I pretty certain 60% of the financial aid at NESCAC colleges goes to athletes, if not more.

    Only if those are the students with need. I think more than 60% of students at NESCAC schools ARE athletes, so of course they are getting the aid.
  • College7934College7934 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Hi everyone! I am here for an observation I need to do for a class research project.

    If I could change one thing about my application, it would be the essay portion. I wish that I had been a bit more mature back then, so that I could have written a far more scholarly essay.
  • ojalabarnardojalabarnard Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    edited March 28
    I would have interviewed instead of brushing it off. Additionally, shown more interest in other ways. I only fully realized recently how important showing interest can be at the LACs I applied to.
  • hobowriterhobowriter Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    My senior year grades.

    I had all As and A minuses with the occasional B/ B+ for freshman through junior year in difficult, a 35 on my ACT, took 5 APs, had good ECs and recs, and "excellent" essays according to everyone who read them (past admissions officers who I know, my guidance councilor and my family) but due to a difficulty I had transferring schools senior year, I got mostly Cs with one B and four three A pluses (in music classes and psychology) during my first term senior year. I applied to 12 schools and so far I've been rejected from 7 including my safety & many targets and waitlisted at another safety with no acceptances.
  • anicole45anicole45 Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    I wish that I would have taken more initiative during my high school years to be more involved in extra curricular activities, especially unique ones. For the first two years of high school, I wasn't really passionate about anything and it looks like I just wasted my time. But I guess hindsight is 20/20...there isn't much to be done about it now. :-/
  • tonjanaenaetonjanaenae Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    edited March 30
    Test scores. For sure. I'm telling you, STUDY and PRACTICE until you practically bleed critical thinking skills and math equations. Also, take the SAT/ACT multiple times. I took both only once because I was concerned about money, and it was not a good decision because both mornings I went to take them I felt terrible and was in a total brain fog. So study hard and take them multiple times until you're satisfied.
  • HapworthHapworth Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    techmom has, to me, the post of the century on page 60. She regrets not pushing her children like the Joneses down the street. Her final line made me smile.

    "My children, although I adore them, are lazy."
  • facadencefacadence Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Wish I took more risks when applying to places. I was too afraid of being rejected. I got really depressed my freshman year of college because I felt like I didn't fit. Feeling better now about my choice though.
  • latinvibeslatinvibes Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    I did a lot of things wrong in this process. Applying to too many schools, not spending enough time on essays... however, I'm very lucky and fortunate to have gotten the results I did. My only regret is not spending more time on Stanford, though I feel like even if I had gotten in, I'd still turn it down
  • gteabobaa4gteabobaa4 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    GPA and SAT/ACT. I wish i hadn't taken so many AP courses at once, i wasn't ready for all of that heavy of workload. Taking regular classes where i would've gotten straight A's would've definitely increased my chances of getting into many colleges. Also i should've studied more for those tests, bc they really mattered. I mainly focused more on extracirrculars and other outside activities.
  • HardOREasyHardOREasy Registered User Posts: 320 Member
    working harder in freshman and sophomore years
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