It’s that time of year again: high school students flock to the Common App, pester their teachers and counselors for letters of recommendation, and spend countless hours agonizing over ambiguous essay topics.
Whether you’ve been ready to send off your applications since freshman year, or just started exploring your options, the college application process can be overwhelming, to say the least. Between personal statements, supplemental essays, packaging up your transcript and test scores, and trying to figure out what all this application jargon actually means, getting through college application season is like taking a sixth AP class. Right around this time last year, I was in the same position as you – but I got through it, and now I can help you do the same (hopefully with a few less application-induced meltdowns than I had).
After you’ve got your list of colleges finalized, it’s important to figure out your application timeline. Early January is the standard application deadline, but you may not know that there are a few other types of admission options. Trust me on this: laying out your application deadlines may not reduce essay or SAT/ACT anxiety, but it can help make the stress of it all feel more manageable. Let’s go over your options together.