- Get organized: there are lots of deadlines, essays, and various requirements. Get organized, start a spreadsheet or check list, anything that'll help you track what you need to get done.
- Essays: typically the most feared part of the essay, but they don't have to be. Have the right expectations going into them - similar to a major final paper for a class (or even more important!), you'll want to revise it over and over again with help from peers and other trusted adults. Get the essays organized so that nothing falls through the cracks (be sure to check all the tabs for supplemental short answers and writing prompts). We have a lot of tips on how to put together the essays on our blog as well; they're stylistically very different from most of the writing completed in high school.
- Activities: there's a section where you can list 10 of your activities. But, the section allows 50 characters for a title and 150 for a description...characters, not words! It's hard to cram all that you did in so few words, so you'll want to set aside special time to take a look at this section. You can use this section in tandem with the Honors/Awards section in the Education section to maximize usage of space on the application.
- Word Real Estate: as mentioned in the prior bullet point, don't repeat yourself! There are only so many words, characters for each section allowed, so use them wisely. Think of the application holistically.
Thoughts on application success - career & school.
There are lots of components of the Common Application and some look at it as simple and straightforward, others feel daunted by the amount of work ahead of them. Here are some basic things to keep in mind as you start to put together the application.
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