TOP 5 MYTHS ABOUT THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS

TOP 5 MYTHS ABOUT THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS

August 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Applying to college is so stressful
because students come to me and tell me that they heard one thing from their
guidance counselor another thing from their parents friend and there’s just so
many myths out there so let’s break down the top five myths about the college
application process. Myth number one: private colleges are just too expensive.
Unless you’re a one-percenter you probably qualify for some level of
need-based financial aid a lot of these top tier schools and Ivy League schools
such as Yale, Harvard, Princeton have probably the most generous need-
based financial aid packages. In the end you could end up paying less for Harvard
than paying for your local state school. Myth two: I need to get letters of
recommendation from the most impressive people I can find. This is completely
false it’s better to get a letter of recommendation from someone you’ve
worked with and has interacted with you than someone who doesn’t know you at all.
Myth 3: I should list and participate in as many extracurricular activities as I
can. Definitely not. Schools want well-rounded classes which means you
shouldn’t necessarily have to be well-rounded. Being focused in just one
or two extracurricular activities is perfect you don’t want to spread
yourself too thin by joining six or eight clubs. They want students who are
truly passionate interested in just a few activities and really have the
ability to do a deep dive into those projects. Myth number four essays are a
great opportunity to detail my accomplishments. Not exactly. Admissions
officers want to get to know who you are as a person so your extracurriculars or
accomplishments they’re already in your application. A good essay shows how you
think, demonstrates your character and how you’ll add value to the incoming
class. Talk about something you genuinely care about and let your passion just
shine through. Myth number five: going on a college tour will help you get in. This
is false except there are a few schools that really care about demonstrated
interest one of those schools is Wash U St. Louis they will really care about
demonstrated interest so if you visit the school the chance of you getting in
could be slightly higher. For most of these top tier your schools they don’t
care whether or not you visit the school so you don’t necessarily have to waste
your time waste every weekend during your junior year
visiting these schools. It’s better for you to use that time and focus on your
extracurricular activities, honing your essays or start thinking about your
essays and preparing all the material that you’ll need to send in a successful
application. College visits and tours are great opportunities for you to narrow
down the list of schools you’re going to apply to, but that doesn’t mean that it’s
gonna help you get accepted into those schools you do visit. Navigating the
college process is complex and stressful. We are here to guide you through that
process so that you’re not overwhelmed and you’re putting your best foot
forward when you’re sending in these applications. If you have any questions,
leave them in the comments below and we’ll answer them.