Along with disrupting the lives of everyone around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the college admissions process. Uncertainties about acceptances, financial aid, standardized testing, and extracurriculars have dominated the conversations amidst this process.
It’s that time of the year, and rising seniors are usually spending their summer months writing - or at least, thinking - about what their college essay is going to look like. I’ve previously written about ways you can find inspiration for these essays, and in this post, I’ll be talking about general tips for these challenging parts of the college application process.
Although it's good to have dream schools, it is important to build a balanced college list that includes backups and other options after plethora of factors are considered.
When applying for colleges, many colleges ask applicants to submit personal essays. These essays answer prompts, which range from a variety of questions that allow every student to submit an essay that tells the admissions team about themselves. However, despite the choices and creativity that the prompts allow, many students often find themselves staring at a blank screen for weeks, not knowing what to write. The process is a time-taking one, to say the least, and requires much thought and revision. Colleges can place great importance in these essays, as it is often the most personal aspect of your application and the only one where they can directly hear from you.
As a College Prep Scholar and College Match Scholar, I give advice over the Questbridge application process.
Located in the heart of Detroit, Wayne State University is an urban research university. To me, the best part of my experience at Wayne State has been getting to learn about the rich history of Detroit not just through ordinary lectures in the lecture hall but by getting the opportunity to explore and experience the city of Detroit myself. I feel like my positive experience at Wayne State has been driven by the strong network of connections with my peers that I have been able to build and sustain.
At college, there can be a lot of expenses that arise from living and schooling. For example, professors may want certain textbooks or software or there may be additional costs for lab courses. Schools will also charge you fees each semester for on campus amenities like gyms and recreational centers. All this money can really add up so it's important to be cognizant of how to save money while retaining resources for success.
I have listed my favorite college resources. Look at the takeaways for the advice I wish I knew when I started college.
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In High School a lot of courses might have been or are, by virtue of the material, memorization based. This has introduced a pandemic of passive learning in post-secondary education. Students, upon matriculation, find themselves struggling in their courses despite having exemplary grades in high school. It's important to continuously cultivate learning habits and to adapt to how you learn best.