College App Deadlines are on the horizon. Take advantage of winter break!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Find out how to take advantage of winter break in order to finish your college app deadlines.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and in what will seem like no time at all, the month of December will be at the doorstep. We all know what December means; last minute scrambling in order to complete college applications in time for the typical January 1st or January 2nd College App deadline!

Right off the bat, we recommend that high schoolers start their college applications as soon as they can! Some experts even recommend starting college apps as soon as the second year of high school. High schoolers who are dreaming of going off to college after earning their high school diploma can start the process any point during their four years of high school. However, life happens and not everyone is able to start their college apps right away. It is always better later than never. 

With winter break coming up next month, let’s take a look at some ways that you can take advantage of the winter holidays to get your College Apps in!

Tip #1: Write down a list of everything you need to get done!

Take some time and evaluate everything that you need to get done. What is it that you haven’t done yet? Make a list of everything you have to do for each application.

  • Do you need to finish your personal statements?
  • Did you finish your Common Application?
  • Have you finished some supplement application materials, but not others?
  • Did you request that your SAT or ACT scores be sent to the colleges and universities you are applying to that are asking for them?
  • Have you requested your Recommendation Letters?

Write down what you need to do, then start prioritizing. For instance, if you haven’t sent your test scores try to do that as soon as possible! Anything that depends on another person or another organization—such as Rec Letters and ACT/SAT Scores—should be taken care of as soon as possible.

Tip #2: Craft your own schedule

Once you have a list of all the tasks that you need to accomplish during the break, try crafting your own schedule. Set your own deadlines that are in line with the college and university deadlines that you are trying to meet.

Your schedule can include notes such as “December 20 – Finish supplement application for New York University” or “December 21, 10:00am-1:00pm – Write short answer essays for the University of California.”

Having a schedule can help keep you accountable for whatever it is that you need to finish!

Tip #3: Take scheduled breaks

Winter break is, after all, a break. Don’t allow college apps to consume all of your break time! Set time aside to rest and be with friends and family. Spending time with your family and friends will help you relax and recharge so that you have full energy when it comes time to work on your applications again!

Tip #4: Set aside some time BEFORE submission to review each college app.

Make sure you spend 20-30 minutes reviewing your entire application before you can say that you are ready to click that SUBMIT button.

Preview the application in its entirety so that you can be sure of the following:
  • All information is completed and correct
  • Essays are completed with their final versions
  • No errors in your activity list or self-reported scores
  • No spelling errors

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