My pals in our application processing center have asked me to make this post on their behalf:
While “Happy Holidays” would be a good guess about what’s on their minds, “Stop panicking!” is the earnest message they want me to convey to you. Apparently I’m looking at YOU, dear applicants (and their parents). As we race past the holidays and crash into the application deadline on January 1, remember this important point: your Common Application must be submitted by January 1 but the supporting parts of your file (like teacher recommendations) can and will arrive after that hallowed date. And that’s okay. Honest. Cross my heart. Not lying. (This feels like a good place for a hashtag but I’m not that hip.)
So if (when) you check your on-line application status over the next couple of high-volume weeks and you notice something is “missing,” pause before you call or email about it. Chances are the missing piece is in our queue but the file hasn’t been uploaded to our database or the teacher mailed a paper letter and it hasn’t been scanned yet. No worries.
The pieces of your application will come together like a completed jigsaw puzzle in due course. If something remains missing after the jam of submissions clears by mid-January, we’ll let you know. I promise.
Feature image photo credit: Olga Berrios from Flickr.