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Aggie Class of 2024.. advice before you hit submit on application

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  • GermanPancakesGermanPancakes 11 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Sorry about the late reply, and thanks for the advice. What I meant was, I would have him get essays prepared for all three prompts since he will not know which one he will be asked to write about on the application. But I'm wondering if I am understanding the essay process correctly. Is this how it works? Just be ready to answer any of the three, no telling which one they will ask for?

    I have another question about the essay (sorry, complete newbie to this process and I'm finding it confusing and intimidating). Since the application is the Apply Texas application, does that mean the students' essays should be generic rather than tailored to each school? My son understands he is a longshot for A&M, so of course will be applying to other schools. So if he tailors his essay to A&M (mentioning A&M in the essay) will the other school admission reps read it and wonder what the heck he is going on about?
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  • GermanPancakesGermanPancakes 11 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    By the way, my above reply is to @AggieMomhelp 's reply #17. Sorry, I forgot to tag you.
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  • AggieMomhelpAggieMomhelp 1818 replies3 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @GermanPancakes for tamu they will tell you what essay ahead of time. The prompt should be set by now. You don’t write it at time of application. And unless you’re engineering, you will only and I mean only write one.

    Not all schools require an essay. Some have short answer questions.

    I’ll go check on prompt. Since applications open in less than a month, the prompt has to be set. At least it has in all prior years.
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  • AggieMomhelpAggieMomhelp 1818 replies3 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Go to admissions.tamu.edu and they have the prompt for freshman. It’s dated 2019

    And then google to be sure.
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  • GermanPancakesGermanPancakes 11 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Excellent, thank you so much, @AggieMomhelp . The essay is topic A:

    "Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?"

    So if he tailors his essay to Texas A&M, it is application-specific and then he can tweak it for other schools within Apply Texas?
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  • AggieMomhelpAggieMomhelp 1818 replies3 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Exactly!!!! Good luck. Fun process but jeez the nerves. Lol
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  • TexasAggie99TexasAggie99 52 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Just so I’m clear, the ACT/SAT doesn’t need the writing portion, correct?
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  • AggieMomhelpAggieMomhelp 1818 replies3 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It doesn't for acceptance BUT some scholarships require it from what I understand. But no, not to apply for TAMU... only essay is the one on the application.
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  • nomatternomatter 99 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I just cannot believe that it's almost that time for the high school class of 2020. What an exciting (and nerve wracking) time! I'm hoping for a very positive application season for all of our rising seniors!
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  • lalalouielalalouie 9 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I can't stress this enough...…………..do your application as soon as you can, don't wait until Nov or Dec!!!
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  • 52AG8252AG82 425 replies1 threadsRegistered User Member
    No reason not to take the writing portions of SAT/ACT. Sure am glad my daughter did...she would not be receiving President’s Endowed Scholarship without having taken the writing portion-it is required.
    Definitely submit application by the time school has started, if not sooner.
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  • CamandCamCamandCam 202 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Apply early. Beat the rush before Admissions gets overwhelmed, plus some majors will fill up (Engineering, Mays, maybe Visualization). Have others review your app and essays before submitting. Request LORs early, as stated before, beat the rush before teachers get inundated with requests. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but don't list engineering majors as first and second choice, since all freshmen go into general engineering and then apply for their major later in the ETAM process. Take the SAT and the ACT. Don't disregard one of them. Some students are better suited for one versus the other. Take them multiple times and try to get qualified as an academic admit if not top 10%. Take a prep course if needed. Don't leave it in the hands of Admissions reviewers. And as @52AG82 said, take the writing portions. Visit the regional A&M prospective student center, get aquainted, ask advice, review application and essays, participate in activities. Go on a campus tour and housing tours. Be active, not passive, throughout the application process. Don't trust a website. Ensure that transcripts, LORs, SAT and ACT scores, etc are received. Verify, verify, verify! If something doesn't seem right, ask early, not later. Monitor your AIS page and the Howdy portal. And apply to multiple colleges, don't put all your eggs in one basket.
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  • 52AG8252AG82 425 replies1 threadsRegistered User Member
    Agree to EVERYTHING @CamandCam said‼️
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  • KeetsMomKeetsMom 20 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My son was given helpful advice when he was writing the separate essay that is required for Engineering applicants. He was told to include in his essay his interests in engineering and what he wants to see himself doing as an engineer in the future. To not write generally, but be specific. He wrote about his interest in the future of self driving cars, electric engines etc. He was a review candidate and was accepted into the Engineering Academy at Blinn. He will live in the engineering community this Fall on campus and take classes at both Blinn Rellis and main TAMU campus. Just got back from his New Student Conference and he is so excited about the coming year. If your student is offered an academy or Galveston, don’t discount it!
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  • mjette1mjette1 6 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Apply Texas says 2 essays are required, but A&M admissions says only Essay A. Makes me a bit nervous to only do one.
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  • BlueBayouAZBlueBayouAZ 329 replies9 threadsRegistered User Member
    @mjette1 - how can apply Texas say 2 when the app is not open yet?
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  • mjette1mjette1 6 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    It’s the sample application. Last time I looked at the sample there was only Essay A listed as required, but now there are 3 essays with A and B listed as required.
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  • Tam1233Tam1233 70 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited June 25
  • Tam1233Tam1233 70 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @CamandCam great information! Thank you so much. I have a question about this suggestion you made "Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but don't list engineering majors as first and second choice, since all freshmen go into general engineering and then apply for their major later in the ETAM process. "
    If student wants engineering then what SHOULD they list as first and second choice? Thanks!
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  • Tam1233Tam1233 70 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @52AG82 We're from a small town. Any recs on where to look to hire a college coach/counselor/3rd party person to review essay & application. I would like to have someone other than the high school english teacher who advised students to wait until September to begin their applications.
    Thank you
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