By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern, Incoming Freshman at Colby College
Your time has come!
I’m excited to share how I took advantage of my summer vacation last year as a rising senior to focus on extracurricular activities. I also share suggestions for you to make the most of your summer. Whether it’s an internship, community service, or even working, these school breaks are crucial as you apply to college. Use these tips to make your profile on the Common App and your resume more appealing to admissions.
Rejections, acceptances, and waitlist are all an essential part of the college process. Many of us will face one of these decisions in our path towards a college education. Now while you may juggle a combination of the three, it is critical how you handle these decisions. In this blog, I’m going to give you a list of ideas that can help you cope with the hardest of these potential results: rejections and waitlists. Believe me or not but each option has its pros and cons depending on the person and their situation. Let’s dive in!
The Collateral Beauty Behind Rejection
Now let’s start with rejection letters. Yes, they may seem bad based on the fact that you are being denied the chance of attending that given university. Yet, it is important to know that there are many reasons why the decision came out the way it did. It may just be that you as a person do possess the qualities they’re looking for. Now, here is the plan. So what should you do? Rather than continuing to weep and cry about not getting in, use the rejection to help give you another perspective. You are amazing! Remember that, and continue your college application process. Some benefits from being rejected from a school could be based on the location of the school, financial aid, school size, and many more factors. Sometimes getting accepted to a school means that you will have to overlook other great schools. It also narrows downs your options which isn’t necessarily bad because then you can focus on fewer schools.
Regarding waitlists, there are also many benefits that people may not take into consideration when it comes to receiving this letter. When getting waitlisted, it’s the school needing more time to decide whether or not you’re going to be a good fit into their institute. This can allow you to also re-evaluate your college list and revisit the factors needed for a successful time in college. Also, by acknowledging that you are still among the applicant pool, you can continue being hopeful. Notably, colleges would like to see that you’re continuing to show your dedication to the school by taking part in some of their outreach opportunities.
So when being declined or waitlisted, do not automatically assume the worst because it won’t help the situation. If you decide to use some of these suggestions when receiving these decisions it will help you cope with your situation.
Remember, that you are as great as anyone else in that pool. If a college fails to recognize your worth as both a student and person, then so be it. Besides, they’re the ones missing out: you’ll find a school that is just as great, and maybe better!
Out of those hundreds of thousands of applicants, how can you stand out? Are you excelling in school? Do your test scores set a promising representation of you and your abilities? If no, then seek help from one of your unique talents!
Whether it be dancing, painting, acting, or singing, these qualities may be rarer than you think. Just by submitting a clip of you singing or a collage of your amazing drawings, you will set yourself apart from most students in the application pool.
At this point, you are more or less a pro in interviews. You know how to use your million dollar smile. You have the jokes. You have the flair. You have it all. But a college interview is a whole new ballgame. Imagine if regular interviews were the seasonal games of a sport. College interviews would be the all-star game – you have to prepare to shine, or else you’ll be out shined by other elite players.
You’re not the standard person, so why appear as one?
For those who like to defy and be the oddball, you are the real trendsetters. You are more than what meets the eye. So, let’s make sure that colleges can see that with this list of peculiar extracurriculars (heh, like that rhyme? Try saying it like a mad scientist!)
Leading is in your DNA, whether you know it or not. You have a series of qualities that make you, well you. So, why not show the world all these traits? By following this mini-guide, you will make yourself more appealing to colleges, while also boosting your self-esteem!
Move in day is approaching and if any of you are like me, I have not started packing or buying what I need for college. I wish I could just snap my fingers and everything I need would appear in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, I do not have a genie in a bottle, magic carpet, and I am not Princess Jasmine (Fun fact: I actually am the princess of a small Kingdom in Nepal). There’s just a lot of thought and many lists to make, but lucky for you, I have compiled a list of what you want to pack!
Continue reading to learn more!
Bedding and Room:
Alarm clock (don’t miss class because you overslept)
When we think about college, apart from learning, one thing that comes to our mind is experience. This is certainly true for many international students who come to American universities and leave their countries for the first time. After years of hard work and preparation, high schoolers are eager to embrace their college life. But, how prepared are they?
As junior year comes to a close, make sure you’re aware of these upcoming test and registration dates for the SAT and ACT. By taking them now, you’ll get a head start on your applications for the fall and also have the chance to retake them if you want to get a higher score.
The FAFSA is your key to free aid towards college, so no matter what, it is worth applying for. Every year, thousands of dollars go unclaimed, which is why you should prioritize filling it out this winter break. We’ve compiled a series of videos that will help explain and even address typical questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.