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Crafting a Great College Application

Whether or not you’ve chosen to apply for college this year or deferred until next year, it’s never too early to start thinking about your application.

If you’re still finishing high school, chances are this is probably the most important thing you’ve had to write yet. Even if you’re applying as an older or mature student, this style of application is much different to anything you’ll probably have had to write previously.

The best way to think about the structure of your application is to treat it somewhere between a job application and an essay similar to those you’ll be expected to produce over the next few years in your course.

Your main objective when submitting a college application is to sell yourself. Unfortunately unlike with recruitment, you can’t just post information about yourself on the internet and expect college admissions staff to come looking for you. However those in charge of admissions will have a list of things they look for in an ideal candidate.

This list will not be conclusive, but rather offer vague pointers to help pit you against candidates. This is not uncommon in the job application process or even in a lot of other industries. Think about the comparisons you make to get the best consumer deals. Whether it’s MoneySupermarket or the somewhere like www.bingostrike.com to get the best bingo deal, all the comparisons are made according to specific criteria.

For example with the latter, reviews are collated based on things like player deals offered, the look and navigation of a site, the number of bingo games they have to offer and the levels of customer service offered. Of course things like jackpot and winning come into play on gambling sites but the main focus is on whether the site is good enough to keep you coming back for more bingo fun.

The same principle can be applied to your college application – you may not be a straight A student but if you can demonstrate your worth as an all-round student, you’ll be much more valuable to the college. For example, if you can demonstrate a good study ethic (even if you don’t get top marks) and are outgoing, willing to participate in teams and groups, and just generally make the most of the potential offerings from a specific college, you’ll be difficult to turn down.

About Hardik Parikh

Hardik Parikh is the Co-founder of PracTutor. PracTutor is a personalized fun way to master Common Core Math and English. All kids – whether they need intervention, accelerated learning or career and college readiness – can achieve their goals within PracTutor.