The COMMON APPLICATION form 2008-2009


Legal name: Your name as it is written on your ID card. Exactly!

Preferred name: If your name is Dimitar, but you’d prefer to be called “Mitko”

Birth date: “mm/dd/yyyy” means “month, day, year” . 3rd November, 2008 in this format is written as ” 11/03/2008″

Citizenship: all readers who know me personally are Bulgarian, so they should choose “Other citizenship”. Visa type: F1

Ethnic group: all my students should write “White ot Caucasian”


E-mail address: it should include your real name to sound more formal. Avoid any “pussy”-like usernames.

IM address: IM=instant messenger – Skype, ICQ, etc. Would you like to be approached by college representatives? Well, if you have the guts, go ahead 🙂

Permanent home address: you know what it is – where your parents live, etc.

Mailing adress: where you can be sure to receive mail. It could be a mail box at the post office or your grandparents’ address … whatever.

FUTURE PLANS – this section might be different for different colleges

Entry Term: Fall

Decision Plan: the most common one is Regular Decision.

Do you intend to apply for need-based financial aid? Yes.

Do you intend to apply for merit-based scholarships? Yes.

Do you intend to live in college housing? Yes.

Do you intend to be a fill time student? Yes.

Do you intend to earn a degree? Yes.

Possible area(s) of academic concentration / major(s) – these are not binding, so you might mention some areas of interest to you. Of course, you might write “Undecided”, but if you do have some ideas, why not mention them, no matter if they are quite diverse.

Possible career or professional plans – these are not binding either. Of course, you might write “Undecided”, but if you do have some ideas, why not mention them, no matter if they are quite diverse.


You should include information about both parents, even if one or more is deceased (dead) or has no legal responsibilites toward you. If your parents are separated, divorced, etc. – if you are in any doubt, ask me!!!

Occupation: position at the moment

Name of Employer: the name of the company, not the boss’ name

College / Graduate school: if your parents have a University diploma, and they have studied at university for more than 4 years, then you should choose “Graduate school” and write its name. The degree is usually “Master” – of what? That’s their major.

Legal guardian: only if other than a parent!

Siblings: these are your brothers or sisters


Secondary schools: these are high schools (гимназии)

Entry date: the date you started high school

Graduation date: ask school officials

School type: all my students should enter “public”

CEEB/ACT Code: 0000

Counselor’s name: one of the teachers writing your recommendations will be your counselor – the one who knows you best and is going to prepare the school report.

Counselor’s Title: if he is a subject teacher, you could write “Teacher of Physics”, for example

List all other secondary schools, including summer schools ….: if you have not changed high schools after 8th class or you have not taken part in any summer academic programs, you don’t write anything here.

If your secondary school education was or will be interrupted: no student of mine this year should fill in these!

Colleges & Universities: no student of mine this year should fill in these!


My students should include information only about TOEFL and SAT

Honors: Arrange these carefully!


Extracurricular – write the most importants ones in order of interest, even if you plan to send a resume! It does not matter if any of these ar institutional, family or independent ones!

Work experience – they ask you to include paid jobs, not volunteer ones!


Short answer: I love this “briefly elaborate” 🙂 It’s about ONE of your extraxurricular or work eperience. As it should be include no more than 150 words, make sure every word makes sense! You should explain why it was your most meaningful activity, what you gained from it.

Personal essay: No matter what topic you choose, the essay should tell something about you – how the person/book/experience, etc. has influenced you

I suggest you write down ideas on ALL topics instead of focusing only on the one that seem the easiest. I’ll help you choose which one is worth developing.

Dsciplinary history: No, No, I hope 🙂

Additional information: if you have something really unusual in your circumstances … you’d better ask me befor you write something pathetic!


Application fee payment: Mailed Fee Waiver Request ( it’s a letter from your school, explaining that you don’t fave the money to pay. Most colleges accept it)


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