Personal Column: Applying yourself for college applications pays off

Personal Column: Applying yourself for college applications pays off

Brianna Lidle, staff writer
Brianna Lidle, staff writer

T’is the season to start turning in college applications, and if you’re planning on submitting applications for early admission the deadline has already passed.  Some schools might have extended the deadline to Dec. 1, but even that is cutting it a little close.  This is the time of year when high school seniors stress out the most. Some might already have everything planned out and have already taken the ACT and SAT. Those are the kids that probably have taken them twice or three times and have gotten amazingly high scores.  If you are not that kid here are some tips and (somewhat) short cuts on how to cut down on what seems like a gigantic load.

First and foremost, do not stress yourself out. Applying for college is easy. Handling SAT studying and homework is even easier.  Set a schedule, get a planner, and organize everything. Make sure you know exactly when your tests are, when homework is due, and when you need your application essays completed.  We go through high school thinking we do not have to prepare for these things until we are seniors, I can tell you first hand because I made that mistake.  I did not learn how to study until this year; heck I never even did homework! It took me 3 whole years to finally get the picture. Hopefully I am getting to you in time, and I really hope you take this into consideration the next time you are thinking about hanging with your boyfriend when you know you have scholarships to apply for.

If you are an athlete, singer, dancer, or are apart of any extracurricular activities then you know how hard it is to stay on track. You get home around 6 after practice, or whatever you have going on, and you have a choice to make. You can take a nap, eat, shower, do homework, or the big one, or stop procrastinating on you college applications. We have a lot of pressure, but it goes back to being organized. Set up a date and time to meet with your college advisor, get his email, phone number, Twitter, Instagram, maybe even Snapchat. Become best friends with this person, I promise they can help you more than you can imagine.  They are here for a reason, to help you. They can answer any question you have about scholarships, when the applications for them are due, and how you will have the best chance of winning them.  If there is no one around to help you apply for school at home, why not ask for help at school? You are at school more than you are at home. Yeah, maybe you have to skip lunch with your friends for once, but your future is more important.

Applying for early admission is something I should have taken advantage of. They waive your application fee, maybe even your essay. Sadly, I hadn’t taken my required tests early enough to get a better score, so I was out of luck. Now I am paying thirty-five dollars to apply to a school, but I am lucky, because I only have to apply to one school. Not everyone can afford to pay a fee for every application they apply for, so why not take advantage of the opportunity to get it out of the way for free? Early admission is something that can take all of your stress away at the beginning of the year. Once you’re accepted to the school of your choice you can cruise through your senior year. Of course you still have to take care of your academics but knowing you have somewhere to go makes a big difference.

Basically, there is nothing hard about applying for a school, or even getting accepted. It is about applying yourself, and giving your all with everything that you do.