Tis the season for College Applications.

Usually during the month of November, many seniors in high school or transfer students in community college are in the process of applying to a university. In this blog, I would like to share my experiences and some helpful strategies when applying for college. When I first applied to a university, the first thing I thought about was the fear of getting rejected. I felt my grades were not good enough and my friends would judge me if I didn’t get into a university. I felt overwhelmed with where to apply and the application. During my years in high school, I was unaware of which colleges were there. I didn't know about private colleges such as the University Of San Francisco, Santa Clara University. All I knew about were the UC’s and CSUs. One example of a UC school is UC Davis which I currently attend and one example of a CSU school is San Jose State for those that are unfamiliar with the school systems.
When applying to college, there are many systems like community college, CSUs, UCs, privates. Each of these systems has a different application process but they are closely similar. For example, Private Colleges, UCs, and CSUs all require their applicants to list the courses you took and the grades you received. Some things that are different are the UCs and private schools have prompts for you to write that describe the person who you are and your future goals. Now, don’t be overwhelmed with the prompts. Many teachers are willing to help proofread your prompts. There will always be someone to help you out. The best thing to do is always ask for help when needed. Us zoom bloggers will be delighted as well to help you with the process. Our goal is to help you get into college. Don’t be shy to ask. 
With my experience, the prompt was the most frustrating part but do able. Some advice I have for my followers is allow yourself some time and do not submit your application last minute. Trust me, it’s pretty stressful and annoying when everyone tries to submit their applications last minute and the network is slow to respond. Another advice is to visit some colleges before you apply. This way, it can give you an idea of what your future school will be like. If your writing your prompts, list some accomplishments you had in your life. Most prompts asks this question and don’t change. This will help you organized your idea.
Overall, applying for colleges isn’t all bad. It gives you a good sense of what you accomplish and it something to be proud about. It gears you to the next chapter in your life. Enjoy the ride. Until next time.

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Comment by Mary Kane on November 25, 2011 at 8:53pm

Very good insight.  Leaving college applications to the last minute always makes it more stressful on you, and it can make your application seem less strong.  Definitely have other people read it, people whom you know will give decent feedback and know you well enough to really have a good sense of who you are and what you're trying to say in your essays.


Also, watch those deadlines!  It's not the end of the world if you miss a deadline, but it may affect your chances of getting into the colleges you really want!

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