As juniors work hard to finish the school year off strong, it's important not to lose focus on the summer that is right around the corner. According to this article on cnbc.com, where you go to camp could not only inspire you to write a standout essay, but it could also increase your chances of admission to your dream college. With constantly decreasing admissions odds, choosing a specialized camp which demonstrates your dedication to something can make all the difference. According to Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president and publisher at Edvisors Network:
"By being stronger on the extracurricular activities, you can actually make up somewhat for weaknesses academically...If you had a transformative experience at the summer camp or a big impact on others, that tells them more about who you are as an individual, especially if you can write about how it set you in a particular direction. If something is of interest to you, you're more likely to write a passionate essay."
There's no doubt that the Common App did not deliver on its promises this past season. Not only were no supplements available on August 1, the "new and improved" Common App was riddled with glitches, missing essay questions, and payment, formatting, and submitting issues. In other words, it was a nightmare for many students (especially those without College Essay Organizer to lead the way) since it is used exclusively by many of its more than 500 member schools. CollegeNET Inc., a competing company that customizes and processes online application forms for higher education and nonprofit groups, just filed a lawsuit against the Common App for violating U.S. antitrust laws and consequently harming students. According to CollegeNET, the Common App is trying to monopolize the application process, and the company is seeking money damages. See this article for more details.
Seniors have until today, May 1, to let colleges know if they will be part of their incoming class this fall. For some students, the decision is easy, while others may still be grappling with a last-minute decision. If that's you, don't panic! Take a deep breath, be thankful that you have choices, and know that wherever you decide, you will make the best of what the school has to offer, and ultimately be happy there or at least learn how to be resourceful. And if things don't work out the way you envision, transferring (or for the most ambitious graduating early) is always an option.
Take a moment to read this post on how one student made his decision to attend UC Berkeley. Whatever your decision turned out to be, last minute or not, congratulations on making it this far, and give yourself some much needed time to relax!