Tracey outlined application steps well. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid:
- Incorrectly naming the college you are applying to
- Not having someone proofread your essays for good grammar
- Not playing up your accomplishments enough. If you have been a leader in an activity or on a team, say how!
- Not expressing how the college you are applying to is appropriate for your goals
- Not describing challenging or extenuating circumstances you have faced which may have impacted your grades
- Not applying to some colleges that are a good fit based on your grades and standardized test scores as compared to those of students they typically admit
- Not describing your strengths and qualities that will make you an asset to have on campus. Say how you love to do research, or that you are the first to volunteer to answer questions in class, or that you enjoy interacting with diverse peers if those things are true of you, for example.
Nancy recommends the following next steps:
- This is time to put your best foot forward and to brag a bit about what you have done and where you plan to go!
- Identify a proofreader you trust, such as an English teacher, to check your essays.