July is an excellent to work on college applications, the only problem is that most 2017 applications do not open until August. However last fall, CommonApp announced a new rollover feature. This feature allows the student to put in the data portion of the application now and have it roll over to the new application after August 1. Students who take advantage of this feature can start their applications now, saving valuable time at the beginning of school. If you need assistance call CollegeBound Solutions for professional assistance. [903.526.6930] [read more]
CommonApp now has more than 500 of the nations colleges/universities on their register. A program that used to provide students with the opportunity to be quite creative and individualistic has fallen far short of that goal. This year CommonApp released a new version of the application and has been plagued with problems ever since for all involved. As different problems are exposed, the company has worked feverishly to find solutions. The problem lies in the fact that students do not necessarily know that there is a problem. CollegeBound strongly suggests that students check back regularly to verify that completed applications have been submitted. A completed application includes the general application, application fee, supplement (if the college has one), and supporting documentation from recommender(s) and counselor, which includes the transcript. The student must also remember to send their official scores from the testing agency.
The Common Application will open on August 1 for the new cycle of 2014 college applications. Many students are trying to get a head start on the application essays prior that date. It is a great idea to at least start the brainstorming portion of the essay writing process; however, students should not feel as though they need to have everything completed before the start of the senior year. But where to start? What is the college looking for? Ted Spencer, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director at The University of Michigan, Undergraduate Admissions, says that “the most important thing is to hear the student’s voice. We’re looking for a story.” In interview after interview with college admissions directors, the idea is the same. They want to know who you are, what will you bring to their community. They are not interested in a typical English class essay; they want a story — your story.
The Common Application has made some significant changes to the application that current high school juniors will complete when applying to colleges for the fall of 2014. This application is used by more than four-hundred college and universities. Students simply fills out a single application and then directs that application to several colleges. Many of these colleges also require students to fill out a supplement designed to provide that institution with information that helps the admission committee to find those students who will make a good fit.
Many juniors try to relieve some of the stress of the senior year by writing essays in the junior year, but the changes in the topics on CommonApp have been a carefully held secret until now. Examiner.com has posted the topics in a recent article.
“And without further ado, here they are:
- Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
- Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
- Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
- Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.” examiner.com