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If I could change one thing....


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

  • yenniamyenniam Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    reading this is super helpful haha. now I know what I'm doing from now till December. thx
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 14,098 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 27
    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: 34 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: 61 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: 27 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: 49 Junior 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: 24 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: 102 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: 375 Member
    working harder in freshman and sophomore years
  • CABoyMomCABoyMom Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    My son would have taken FEWER AP/Honors classes. In the long run, if you don't get a As in your AP/Honors classes, there is little advantage. We were told colleges value rigor -- but really they value GPA & test scores more. Fewer AP/Honors classes would also have provided him more time to pursue ECs (outside of his 3 school sports).
  • Loser160Loser160 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Well first of all I shouldn't of applied to so many universities, I didn't spend enough time on most applications. I took a risk with the theme of most of my essays and I don't think that was the right choice. I was extremely lucky and got accepted into some very prestigious schools, which I am still pretty surprised about. After I got admitted I just lost interest with academics in general and made some really bad choice, I got a letter threatening my admissions rescinded. After a couple of months and some one on one with a therapist, got my life back together and right now I am trying to survive all my IB and AP exams.
  • HappyFace2018HappyFace2018 Registered User Posts: 751 Member
    @Loser160 I don't like typing your username because your not a loser! You are a winner because you recognized what you needed to change and did it (BEFORE STARTING COLLEGE)! I'm very proud of you!! VERY PROUD!!
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