Posts Tagged ‘Application’

US application – the platforms

The Common Application gives you the opportunity to apply to many schools and saves you a lot of time.

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE gives you the opportunity to give information about your finances in order to apply for financial aid.

These might be the only platforms you need if you have been taking classes with me, but the best strategy is to visit the website of each college from your list, look for admission / application information for UNDERGRADUATES and INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, as well as financial aid sections. Thus you will be 100% sure what THESE colleges want.

You could create accounts and take a look, so that you can ask relevant questions. I’ll be posting more info soon.

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Can you get into business / law / medical / education graduate school after liberal arts?

The mosaic / the list

Some college ask you:

Is there any further information regarding your personal situation or achievements that you think we should know when considering your possible acceptance to X?

Some students wonder what they could write. Well, sometimes you don’t need to write anything, but sometimes it might be a good idea to write something. How do you figure that out?

A college gets a lot of information about you – from different sources, in different ways. You should think of this information as of a mosaic.

How do you make sure nothing important is omitted? Write a list of all the important things a college should know about you. For every application check if you all points covered – by your essays, portfolios, short answers and possibly teacher recommendations (you should think of the things teachers don’t know about you, so they won’t address).

Applying to US colleges – 2

A student ask me whether I will tell you to start working on the common application when the time comes or you should decide on your own.

I believe that now it is more important to focus on application essays.

Meanwhile your parents will provide you with financial statements from their employers, and your schools will provide you with school documents, and your teachers will write your recommendations.

Before I publish instructions on how to fill out some common application and financial aid forms, you might register an account with the Common App. You could watch demo videos, go through all Power Point presentations – for students AND for teachers and counselors, so that you get an idea of what the process is like and if necessary help your teachers.

We could discuss all questions about your application in the forum. There I have started a special common app topic. You could find it in Appliation > Application forms > Common application 2010 – overviews

Writе to you soon … about financial aid applications 😉

Applying to US colleges

You could find a lot of information in this blog. It is distributed in different categories, so it is easy to find it.

Every year I write updates about application forms. Before I write the ones for the current application season, please, take a look at all the “old” information I have posted so far. Meanwhile, open Common Application and college websites and try to find out how stuff works 🙂 This will help you get a thorough picture of the process. Write down all questions that come to your minds and send them to me, so that I could prepare more efficient materials. Your questions should be specific; please don”t ask me to explain “everything” to you!

Don’t forget to try to understand the information on your own first rather than completely rely on me. I will be there for you, but not to do everything for you, but just to help you with some parts that you find tough after trying hard on your own.

Some college admissions officers say that handling the application forms is a kind of test 🙂 If you are unable to figure out most of the forms, then you will definitely be unable to handle academic work.

A new season of application essay writing

Some of you are going to reapply to colleges; others have never applied and have almost no idea what it is all about. To make the lives of both groups easier, I am writing this text 🙂

On Thursday we are going to open the new season of application essay writing with the discussion “Whom should colleges accept?”. It might be a good idea for reapplying students to think about that and e-mail me their thoughts 🙂

So far I have written about 40 texts dedicated to college application essays. They could be found in categories and under tags “application essays”. Today I have compiled the most important of them and ordered them under several titles. You might prefer to print out the document (21 pages) for further reference.

I have started with some broad topics rather than specific essay topics, so that we could gather as much  material as possible. Then I discuss most of these topics in separate articles (to some topics I have dedicated more than one article).  You could also find information about personal statements and motivational essays.

Under “Meta” you could find some general tips on college application writing, and under “Meta: technical”, you’ll find some tips on page layout, planning your work, etc.

New applicants should not be in a hurry to read everything; they had better read relevant texts after class discussions. They might read “Meta:technical” tips on how I would like them to format their documents before e-mailing them to me.

application essays – a neat plan

No excuses

If you have already chosen a field to major in / a career to prepare for, you will be expected to demonstrate genuine interest in the field / career and motivation to study / practice it. Most often this is the element that will make or break your application.

Too many students cannot tell colleges more than “I have wanted to be a lawyer / doctor since I was a kid.” They believe that they don’t need to know anything about the field as learning about it is what they expect to do at college.

Colleges, however, do not think so. They want to make sure what you know about the field / carer is much more than what you have seen in the movies. Why?

1. Colleges want to attract students who will not be disappointed with the field / career. They need students who will be motivated to graduate from college, not ones who will drop out when they find out what the field / career is really about.

2. Colleges believe that if you are really passionate about a field / career, you will have tried to learn as much as you can about it before submitting your application.

Some students say they don’t have enough information, but I believe that’s the most ridiculous thing to say in the Internet era.

How can you find out more about a field? The least you can do is listen to video lectures. More and more universities are uploading their courses online. You can find some links in this blog.

How can you find out more about a career? The least you can do is read some career profiles online. You can find some links in this blog.

You can ask at least me and Google for more information anytime. That translates as “You have no excuse for ignorance.” Remember: what I have just mentioned is the LEAST you can do, the least colleges expect you to have done before submitting your application.