5 Steps Before You Fill Out Your College Application
September 15, 2022
I recently talked to Athena Lao, a College Counselor with about a decade of experience.
The question I had was simple: What things should a student do, before filling out their college application?
Here’s the list Athena came up with:
1.Pick a College Application Platform.
2.Collect Academic Information. This includes your High School transcripts, your grades, any test scores that are relevant, you'll have official documentation relating to that.
Note: Since you're applying in your senior year, your final year of high school, any schools that you apply to, if they ask for a transcript, or official documents, they'll want the latest version possible. So find out
3.Collect Life Experiences’ Information: The second category of information is around your life experiences. So the extracurriculars, the clubs, the sports, the music, musical activities, anything that you've done in your school, or your community or online, in the past few years. So for US higher education, anything that you've done from the summer, before ninth grade, or later, you're going to want to include that in the application.
Note: Four years of High School is a long time. So you might have forgotten some of the things you did in that period.
4.Collect Commendation Information: Schools will also want to know if you received a commendation for an achievement you had at school:
In short, anything you've done since ninth grade, the summer before ninth grade, or later, collect all that and compile it all in one document, because you'll need to migrate that over to whatever college application platform you're using.
5.Open an Account & Transfer of Info Once. Once you have executed the above Steps, 2-4, Open an Account on whichever application platform you choose. Once you have profile information together, then you can populate that information, once on the platform and it will automatically be available to the colleges you apply to on that platform.
Do it as soon as you can. Don't wait until the last minute!
All the Best with your Applications!
Also Read: Experts' Guide to US College Applications