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Writing Tip Wrap Up
Day 13: Get organized
Now that you know what you need, go ahead and figure out what the schools need. This one is pretty straightforward. Take some time to get organized.
Make a list of your top schools and then go through each one and figure out the important information. This includes application deadlines (early and regular), supplement requirements, interview requirements, financial aid information, and testing requirements. This information can be found on each school’s website.
These websites can help you get it all together for application organization:
But whether it be a calendar on your wall, an Excel spreadsheet, or an Oompa Loompa with a photographic memory, find a way to organize all of your college information. There were a few times when I freaked out about missing a deadline or sending a school the wrong test scores. Learn from my mistakes: the more organized you are, the less anxious you will feel!
Once you’re done give yourself a high-five because you deserve it!
Day 9: Sell yourself
Get your mind out of the gutter.
We mean write a resume, silly.
Your resume is one of the only other places, besides your essays, where you get the chance to shine on paper. This is where you list your work experience, summer activities, and other accomplishments. I am a big theater geek, so I made a theater resume to submit in the “Additional Information” section of the CommonApp. You can put most of your activities in the “Activities” section (duh!), but if you have a special talent or hook, a resume is the perfect place to elaborate and brag about your experience.
Also, if you’re an artist or have another special talent, check specific requirements of schools. Some will have supplements that require additional resumes.
Online resume help: