Posts Tagged ‘common application’

Do Colleges Look at Facebook?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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Almost all high school juniors find themselves asking this question, and wondering just how thorough an investigation are those college admissions officers going to do.

Surely they’re too busy to Google you, to look you up on Facebook, or to find your Twitter account, right? They’re busy people! The last thing they have time to do is look through your photos from homecoming, when things got a little messy, or notice that your last couple statuses were ragey rants about your math teacher…right? Can’t we just throw those rumors in the conspiracy theories pile, and forget about it? (more…)

How to Handle the Common App Extracurricular Essay

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
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Extracurricular Activities

It’s one of the only two essays on the Common App proper, but it doesn’t get much attention. The extracurricular essay—that 1000 character short essay on the Common App that asks you to briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences” just doesn’t get a lot of love.

The College Essay” refers to the Personal Statement—the approximately 500-word main essay that the Common App requires applicants to upload, and each college and university has their own supplement, complete with supplemental essays that run the gamut from “Why Tufts?” (Tufts, 2012) to “So where is Waldo, really?” (U Chicago, 2012). The extracurricular essay often gets overlooked (some students and parents aren’t even aware that it’s there until they look at the Common App for the first time). To see this little essay as a throwaway, however, is a big mistake, and a missed opportunity. (more…)

How to Handle a Ubiquitous Question on College Applications

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
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College Applications

Almost every school has a question like this on their supplement to the common application, or on their own application, if they don’t use the common app. The questions might be worded “Why are you interested in Kenyon?” or “Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application?” or “Please tell us what you find most appealing about Columbia and why,” but they all boil down to one thing: why do you want to go here?

It can be hard to know how to approach these questions—do colleges want you to praise them or to talk about yourself? Should you focus only on academics, or should you talk about sports and the social scene on campus? What will make your essay stand out from the thousands of others that the college will be searching through? Should you tell each college that they’re your favorite? (more…)