There is little room for mistakes when it comes to college applications. God forbid you leave out that one summer you spent volunteering with the monkeys in Thailand, or any of the extracurricular activities you sacrificed your social life for. Just the thought of not getting into your dream school because you botched the application is terrifying, so it pays to be extra careful.
However, every so often a mistake goes unnoticed, be it forgetting to mention just how much you love the thought of going to said school or something bigger. Take me for instance, when I was applying to the University of York. I filled out my application perfectly, I dotted all my i’s and crossed all of my t’s, only to receive my Application Acknowledgement letter and discover that I did not, in fact, apply to the University of York like I thought, but had instead sent my application to York University. In Canada!
I know, I know, seems like a pretty big thing to overlook, but let me tell you, when you’re not sending your application via snail mail but applying online, things can get a little (or a lot) mixed up. It took a few days but eventually the hilarity of my mistake settled in and I made myself a small check list to tick off when applying to other schools. Now I think it’s time to share that with the rest of the world in hopes that others can learn from my mistakes!
- Check, check and recheck where you are sending your application.
Sending your application to the wrong school pretty much guarantees you will not be getting into the university you want.
- Never undermine what you have done.
Be proud of your achievements, did you quit the school newspaper after one week? No! You tried something new, and even though it wasn’t your thing you still gave it a shot and that’s what counts.
- Talk yourself up.
Try not to focus on your bad qualities, if you’re not great at sports then tell them how much you love dancing, writing or whatever it is you are passionate about!
Remember embellishing can be okay, as long as you are not lying. Do not tell them you have done something unless you actually have done said thing, although putting a positive twist on the activities you were not so passionate about is never a bad thing.