If you are feeling intimidated by the college application process, I highly suggest breaking up the application into sizeable sections. One section…
Congrats! You have survived exams and are now enjoying some much-deserved time away from school. As you map out your break and put the final touches on your application, I wanted to share some words of advice. Hopefully you have already devoted serious time and attention to your app and supplement, but this should help even if you’re a procrastinator.
During my time as a guidance counselor, I would often describe the application process as a gift wrapping of sorts. That is to say, you are presenting yourself and your accomplishments, so give the proper care that your app deserves! Without further delay, here are some tips as you prepare to submit prior to our January 1st deadlines:
Trust in yourself: This is more of an overarching theme… You have worked really hard over the course of your high school experience (and beyond). Trust in what you have learned and accomplished in the classroom, in your community, and in other pursuits. While you cannot change that sophomore grade or add three years of an extracurricular activity, you can control how your story is told. Which brings me to my next point…
Make sure your voice comes through: Sometimes essays can be read and edited so much that the student’s voice is lost among the many suggestions. Review your personal statement and supplement and ask yourself, “Does this sound like me?”
Speaking of your supplement: This is really your main opportunity to express your interest and excitement in Tufts. We encourage students to be specific, focusing on a few examples as opposed to briefly outlining all areas of interest.
Making a list, checking it twice: In reviewing your list of extracurricular activities, be sure that the full extent of your involvement is captured. Utilize the space to describe leadership positions held, awards won, and other aspects of the involvement.
Lastly, trust in yourself. Yes, I already shared that advice, but it is worth mentioning again. Do your due diligence by making final edits and doing away with typos, but ultimately you should rest assured knowing that you put your best foot forward.