Voices of Common App Wisdom

Dec 17, 2018

Voices of Common App Wisdom

Looking for some final words of wisdom before hitting “Submit” on your college applications? Look no further than your friends at Common App!

We took a few minutes to round up some final advice from the staff at Common App on everything you need to know to make your applications the best they can be as you make your final push toward the finish line!

* "You are not alone. Whether it's your family, counselors, advisors, teachers, mentors, or friends - you have a support team to help you with this process. Oh - and the Common App Solutions Center is available 24/7/365, so you always have someone to answer those questions!" - Meredith L.

* "As you think about the institution you will attend, remember that you can learn as much outside the classroom as in. Do they have clubs, sports and other activities that will engage you? How have you presented yourself in your application to match an institution's offerings?" - Kyran K.

* "Highlight how you have the potential to meaningfully contribute to and engage with the community you are applying to join. Admissions officers aren't expecting 18 year olds to have changed the world but want to see genuine, mature, and thoughtful applicants." - Jason M.

* "As you consider where to apply, be open to exploring schools that could be a perfect fit for you. You never know until you look!" - Evette B.

* "Get organized. Make sure you are keeping track of all of the different requirements for each college. Make note of test policies, recommendation letter requirements, and whether there are any additional writing supplements." - Meredith L.

* "Stay organized! Use your phone or a planner to track all of your upcoming deadlines. Create a Google folder and save everything into your Drive to keep all of your documents (essays, letters of recommendations, copy of your application once completed) in one place. Make sure to save everything!!" - Merone H.

* "We hope you won't wait until the last minute to submit! But, should you find that you need every last minute to submit a thorough Common App, remember that your application is due by 11:59 p.m., your local time, on the day of the deadline." - Matt M.

* "READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS! Take the time to read every single line of instructional text, FAQs, and linked webpages: colleges write them for a reason!" - Ariana O.

* "Before paying an application fee, double check your eligibility. If you are eligible for a fee waiver, ask for one." - Adam N.

* "After you hit submit, take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back. You deserve it!" - Carole M.

* "Ultimately, your college experience is what YOU make of it! Don't let the fear of rejection prevent you from pursing your dream of higher education, nor be discouraged from applying to schools that you think would best support you on your academic and personal journey." - Evette B.

* "Believe in yourself! You are smart and worthy of attending any of the schools you apply to. Make sure you do your part by completing your applications, having your recommenders submit their recommendations, and finishing everything before the deadline." - Merone H.

A final note to all students - no matter where you are in the process, you are headed in the right direction! We are so proud of you and excited to see what the future holds for you.