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College application tips

As I come across more stuff I will add on to this. Good luck my friends.

anonymous asked:

I'm having a hard time writing my personal statement. What are some tips you have on how to write a good personal statement? Thanks!

My Tips:

  • Write many, many drafts. Write them on different topics. Rewrite the same drafts several times.
  • Have people read them. Take them to school counselors, advisers, and staff members who are on scholarship committees, even if you’re not applying for their scholarship.
  • Show that you have passion for whatever you plan on doing.
  • Don’t actually use the word “passion”.
  • Don’t use purple prose.
  • No one cares about your beloved high school teacher who inspired you to do blah blah blah. Everyone has heard this story. Whoever reads your essay will roll their eyes because they’ve probably read hundreds more like it. Write about something specific to you.
  • For you English/Literature majors: No one cares if you’ve been reading/writing since you were a kid. That’s true for pretty much every English/Lit major.
  • Keep it short. If they give you a maximum of one thousand words, that does not mean they want to read one thousand words. Keep it around one page or less.
  • Don’t use quotes from other people. This is all about you, not what someone else said.
  • Don’t put all of your achievements in a list.
  • I’ve heard at least three college professors complain about essays that start with “in modern society today” or “in our society today” or “in the world we live in today”. They’re cliche and they’re redundant. Of course modern society is today. That’s why it’s modern.
  • Make sure whatever you write about is relevant to the question for the personal statement or relevant to your reason for applying to whatever you’re applying to.
  • Show that you have long term goals and that whatever you’re applying for now will help you in the future.
  • Stick to one topic.
  • Back up your claims. Anyone can say they are ambitious. You have to show that you are ambitious for it to hold any weight in a personal statement.
  • Whenever you mention an academic or extracurricular achievement, talk about how it has helped you and how it is relevant. Winning a major spelling bee is irrelevant if you’re applying for nursing school unless you’re able to use that fact to show that you have excellent memory, which is valuable in many fields.
  • Don’t try to be funny.
  • Talk about what you hope to learn.

Other:

5 Tips for College Applications

As a recent high school graduate, I know how stressful the college application process is. Hell, I only applied to 4 schools and it was stressful (and none of them were even Ivy League!). But after months of stress, essay re-writes, interviews, and filling out FAFSA, I did get in to 3 out of the 4 schools I applied to and I’m now enrolled to begin at my dream school this fall! Here are the things the helped me maintain my sanity and get into the school of my dreams.

1. Start early. 

Unfortunately, one of the schools I applied to was a last minute decision. Like, I literally started and finished the application two days before the deadline. And it was the most stressful two days of my life. So, take it from someone who knows: as soon as the applications goes online, start it. Even if that only means entering in your name, high school, and address, it’s better than nothing and will save your time and your sanity later on. Plus, you’ll have more time to focus on your personal statement and really showcase who you are.

2. Keep all of your information in one place. 

If not all of your applications are on the Common App (only one of mine was), it helps to keep all important information (i.e: Social Security number, high school transcript, volunteer and work experience phone numbers and addresses, recommendation letters, etc.) in one place so that you can access everything you need without hunting around every time you fill out an application. 

3. Proofread. And proofread again. 

In fact, get three different people help you proofread and at least one person to help you edit your personal statement. You don’t want to get dinged by the admissions staff because you accidentally left the comma out of “it’s” or used “affect” when you should have used “effect.” And if you’re going to have a teacher edit it (especially if it’s an English teacher), be sure to ask early. They’ll be getting tons of requests and you don’t want them to pass you up because they’re tired of reading personal statements.

4. Be Yourself.

Whether you are writing your personal statement or sitting in an interview with a college rep, make sure you’re being genuine. Trust me, it’s easy to spot someone who’s kissing up to the interviewer or telling them what they think the interviewer wants to hear, rather than being unique, genuine, and being themselves. Colleges want to accept the real you, not the fake version that you think they want to see. 

5. Relax.

It may seem like the college application process is the only important thing to worry about for the next three months, but I promise you that it’s not. Yes, it is a big deal, but if you’re spending hours upon hours pouring over your essay day in and day out for a month, you’re just going to drive yourself crazy and drive your friends and family away. Take time to relax, enjoy time with your loved ones, and treat yourself kindly. Don’t pass up any fun senior year activities (football games, Homecoming, etc.) just because you want to spend more time perfecting your application. These are experiences you won’t get back if you skip them. By all means, work hard on your applications to make them as good as you can, but don’t sacrifice your life, sanity, or amazing experiences in a misguided pursuit of perfection.

Good luck!

(via ninaspeaksup

I never really have much to complain about when it comes to school. Sure, there’s a lot of homework and some teachers suck, but that comes with the package. What I do hate though: the fact that some students work so hard they only get a few hours of sleep every night. The fact that GPA matters more than 3 square meals a day. The fact that having an unrealistic amount of extracurriculars is more important that spending quality time with your family. But most of all, I hate that I, an incredibly hard working student, am overlooked simply because I am not number 1. And that is the American school system in a nutshell.
—  how I’ve been feeling lately

anonymous asked:

Hi mellisa, I want to download some apps on my iPad to help me with studying and organizing things. Do you have any app recommendation? Thanks!

Yes, definitely! Some of these I don’t personally use anymore, but they’re still good. Most of these work for iPhone and iPad, but there are a few exclusively iPad ones.

  • Mindly - The full version is so worth it, btw. It’s for mindmapping. Plenty of features.
  • Quizlet - …or Evernote Flip if you have a compatible cover. Flashcards, of course.
  • iBooks - Comes with the iPad, I think, but load up the PDF textbooks!
  • iTunes U - Also comes with iPad, I think, but has great lectures from all over.
  • Pronto - It might not be free anymore, but it’s a great to-do app.
  • 30/30 - A pomodoro app that’s super easy to use.
  • Now Then - Also might not be free, but it allows you to record how long certain tasks take so you can plan more efficient studying. (Though you can easily do this manually with a stopwatch app, too.)
  • Recordium - It’s an audio recorder if that wasn’t obvious. I use it to record myself reading summaries I’ve written so I can listen to them when I’m walking around campus. There are other recording apps that work fine, too.
  • iStudiez Pro - The pro version is obviously paid, but it is really useful. It syncs with your calendars showing you a daily or montly schedule with your assignments. You can also put in information about professors and calculate your grades. I’ve never tried the grades thing, personally.
  • Reminders - Comes with all Apple devices, yes. But don’t forget it’s there! It’s simple and does what it needs to.
  • Apps Gone Free - The apps I said might not be free anymore are paid ones I found for free on this app. It features a wide variety of apps (including games) but I’ve found a number of great studying/productivity/organization apps. New apps every day.

If I think of more I might edit this list.

What I learned during my college application process

Here are some things I learned during my college app process and a couple valuable articles, hopefully they’ll be useful to the class of 2015:

1. Never ever go on College Confidential. It will only give you unnecessary stress. (This tip is imperative to your sanity and mental health)

2. It’s never too late to add a school to your list. I was adding schools until about Dec 20, and it didn’t hurt my chances of getting accepted. In fact, the school I will be attending was one of my late add-ons!

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  • Me:*walking down the street*
  • Robber:give me your money!
  • Me:I don’t have any, I just paid my college fees.
  • Robber:Dang, man that sucks.
  • Robber:*gives me money, he stole from bank*
  • Robber:I’m so sorry for you, man.
I think a lot of people start moving forward and getting into a college mindset during senior year. You have been at your school for four years, you have finished college apps and eventually decide where you are going, and you become excited about that. This is normal, and completely understandable. I did that. What I wish I had done, was focused on the present. This is your last time sleeping in your bed, hanging out around your high school with your best friends, having dress up days and sleepovers and high school games and stuff. Enjoy it! Forge new friendships, even though you are almost done. I made some of my best friends at prom, and hung out with them all summer. Don’t be so focused on the future that you forget to live in the moment. I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true.
— 

Isabelle

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