Use Winter Break to finish strong with your College Apps!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Prospective college students are well aware of the January deadlines looming ahead. Use the Winter Break to get things done!

In less than a month, prospective college students around the country will be asked to submit their college applications.

At the moment, many prospective college students have plates that are full to the brim with end-of-the-semester assignments, projects, essays, extracurricular activities and more. It is no surprise, then, when college apps are placed somewhat on the back burner throughout the last weeks of the high school semester.

The winter break that is about to start presents a great opportunity for prospective college students to get their work done! 

Start by creating a list of everything you need to get done during the winter break!

Spend time thinking about the tasks you need to accomplish. What haven’t you done yet? Create a list by writing it all down. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you need to finish your personal statements?
  • Did you finish your Common Application?
  • Have you finished some supplement application materials, but not others?
  • Did you request that your SAT or ACT scores be sent to the colleges and universities you are applying to that are asking for them?
  • Have you requested your Recommendation Letters?

Write down what you need to do, then start prioritizing. For instance, if you haven’t sent your test scores try to do that as soon as possible! Anything that depends on another person or another organization—such as Rec Letters and ACT/SAT Scores—should be taken care of as soon as possible.

Then, create your own schedule!

Once you have a list of all the tasks that you need to accomplish during the break, try crafting your own schedule. Set your own deadlines that are in line with the college and university deadlines that you are trying to meet.

Your schedule can include notes such as “December 20 – Finish supplement essay that explains Bachelor's Degree major choice for New York University” or “December 21, 10:00am-1:00pm – Complete short essays for the University of Southern California.”

Having a schedule can help keep you accountable for whatever it is that you need to finish!

Don't forget to take regularly scheduled breaks

Winter break is, after all, a break. Don’t allow college apps to consume all of your break time! Set time aside to rest and be with friends and family. Spending time with your family and friends will help you relax and recharge so that you have full energy when it comes time to work on your applications again!

Remember to set aside some time BEFORE submission to review each college app.

Make sure you spend 20-30 minutes reviewing your entire application before you can say that you are ready to click that SUBMIT button.

Preview the application in its entirety so that you can be sure of the following:
  • All information is completed and correct
  • Essays are completed with their final versions
  • No errors in your activity list or self-reported scores
  • No spelling errors

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