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So what have you guys learned?


Replies to: So what have you guys learned?

  • RESDREDRESDRED Registered User Posts: 158 Junior Member
    not to send in important things like college applications at the very last minute after staying up for more than 24 hours without sleep. deep regret will follow.
  • basketballbabe13basketballbabe13 Registered User Posts: 1,058 Senior Member
    it is actually a crapshoot
    the smartest kids in my school didnt get in.
  • basketballbabe13basketballbabe13 Registered User Posts: 1,058 Senior Member
    and i agree with armistrice
  • sleepycatsleepycat Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    That the process is stressful.

    My advice to freshman, sophomore and juniors:-

    Take your SAT subject tests as soon as you finished the class. Especially for science, history and arithmetic. Less stress by your senior year and more time for scholarship applications especially in the current economic situation. Majority of the schools around here has tons of seniors submitting their scholarship portfolio but there are less money to be given away.

    And if your teacher made a mistake with your grade, tackle it immediately before your school counselor submit the mid-year school report. Approach the teacher and solve it no matter how busy he is or how busy you are.

    And finally, I believe applying early action is the best way to go.
  • oracle_bonesoracle_bones Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    Being a National Merit Semifinalist (or Scholar) carries a lot more weight than it ought to (and I say that as a semifinalist).
  • anotherasian1234anotherasian1234 Registered User Posts: 395 Member
    ^ yes. i agree (and i too am a semifinalist)

    i learned not to write essays in 30 mins. and that my interview skills probably saved my butt
  • OrienOrien Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    Just be yourself on your applications and especially your essays.
  • birdhousebirdhouse Registered User Posts: 633 Member
    Apply to places you actually might want to go.

    Yep, don't be modest...but don't be too arrogant. ;D

    Writing an essay last minute does NOT feel good when you're wondering months later what impact it had on the rest of your app.
  • armageddonarmageddon Registered User Posts: 305 Junior Member
    Make sure you apply to reach schools AND safeties, I don't care how good you think you are, stuff happens.
    Start early,
    Be yourself,
    Make sure you have the personality of the schools you're applying to in mind when you write your essays.
  • HeartArtHeartArt Registered User Posts: 343 Member
    Find a school you love, maybe one that no one in your school has ever heard of, and apply. Don't just apply to the same ivies, top 20 universities and lacs that everyone else does! It is a good way to create more options for yourself and maybe find a school that is a perfect fit.
  • SJTHSJTH Registered User Posts: 1,892 Senior Member
    Don't just build a resume. Try out activities, and stick with something you love. Showing passion for something pays off, in your application, in recommendations etc. It doesn't matter what it is.

    An early action acceptance can be your best friend.

    Find a safety you'd be ok attending. You don't have to passionately love it, but you must be ok with going there, if necessary, in the end.

    The day after you hear the last info about colleges, your senior year starts to go really fast. Try to slow down and enjoy it!
  • python38python38 Registered User Posts: 1,304 Senior Member
    To make this thread more interesting, people should say where they were accepted/rejected/waitlisted.
  • tinuvieltinuviel Registered User Posts: 319 Junior Member
    Have someone proofread your essays. This cannot be stressed enough!!!!

    Even though your parents may say encouraging things about "wherever you get in, that's great, we'll pay" at the beginning of the college search process, apply to financial safety schools and apply for every single friggin' scholarship, college and 3rd party, just in case the economy tanks, they lose their jobs, their savings go down the toilet, and you're stuck with state flagship, having applied to only top-tier, private, expensive-as-***** schools.

    Obtain service hours. Preferably heart-wrenching service hours.

    ECs are way more important than anybody told me they'd be.

    Most schools look at freshman year grades. I wish I had known that.

    When people ask you how the college process is going, especially as a senior in the spring, give vague answers so you don't get berated for half an hour about your preferences :)
  • hcvopshcvops Registered User Posts: 396 Member
    was the best decision I've ever made in life.
    getting an early acceptance from one of my match/low reach schools meant that I saved a ****load of money because I didn't have to apply to any safeties. and it allowed me to apply to a billion reaches

    2. decisions are usually sooooo effffing random
    I got accepted to columbia, upenn, cornell and flat out rejected dartmouth and brown

    a lot of people may speak negatively of applying to a billlion reaches, but it does increase your chances of getting into a least one.
  • urmomgoes2colegeurmomgoes2colege - Posts: 512 Member
    Take the most rigorous courseload offered at your school or you will have no chance at any top 30 college, because colleges don't care about grades unless you have rigor.
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