Finally! I’m here to update the CommonApp series. Where we last left off, I had the Future Plans section filled out. Now, we are going to work on the rest of the sub-headings.
1) Fill out Applicant-Academics. This section is fairly self-explanatory. The information is everything within your reach – whether you go through your parents, your school, the SAT/ACT websites, or already have it. These sections are just about taking the time out of your jam-packed senior schedule to fill them out.
2) The activities sub-heading is tougher. You’re going to have to set up all of your activities in order from most important to least, and then evaluate whether you should even put it on the application. If you’ve done a lot of activities, those that you haven’t largely invested in shouldn’t be put down. It’s all about priorities in this one. If you need to, make a list of your activities and ask your school counselor for advice.
3) The writing section. Here, you will have to write a brief summary on a school activity, while also writing an essay on a topic of your choice (which is shown in the “Personal Essay” box). Essays should almost never be longer than 650 words. Those who are reading your essay are going through hundreds, if not thousands. They do not want to read a long-winded essay. It’s up to you which is the best way to approach your essays, but make sure that you get around 1-3 people to look it over. It’s important to get opinions other than your own!
4) Finally, the “Signature” sub-heading. This is where you will learn if you’ve properly filled out your application. This will either tell you the things you’ve missed, or ask for your signature so you can finally send it off. But wait! Before sending your application off, be sure to click the “preview button” in the top right-hand corner of one of the sub-headings. You’ll want to look over your application in the format the college will see it in and make sure you’ve made no mistakes. Once you’ve looked it over multiple times, and am sure of its completion, type your name and send it off. Best wishes, I hope you got in!
Important: Some colleges require more than just the CommonApp, though. This obviously means you won’t be done and will have to check in here again to fill out the Supplements and Payments section. Stay posted for more from The College Chronicles! Feel free to leave a question or comment below!
PS. Here is my list of colleges and deadlines:
- Kenyon – Jan 15, RD
- Denison – Jan 15, RD
- Miami University, Oxford – Feb 1, RD
- Butler – Feb 15, RD
- Ohio Wesleyan – Mar 1, RD
- Hanover – Mar 1, RD
- Dayton University – Mar 1, RD
*I have taken out both University of Pittsburgh, and University of Cincinnati. I know I wouldn’t attend, even if I got in, and in that case there’s no point in applying. Also, I changed from Early Action to Regular Decision for all my colleges because I didn’t want the colleges to think that I rated them highly on my list. It was better to avoid confusion. Kenyon is no longer Early Decision because I need flexibility within the next 7 months due to my family situation. It’s unfortunate, but it’s okay to change your deadlines as long as you haven’t sent anything in that has stated a deadline!