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August 11, 2016
By Brianna Powell, Homewood-Flossmoor
It’s August which means Common Application and many other colleges have opened up their sites for applications. That also means school will be starting for most students soon and eventually FAFSA in October. Being a senior in high school, I already have so much in my mind as to make my last year count, get a job, and plan out my future for to my parents’ delight, the thought of starting my college applications just urges me to procrastinate even more. Which isn’t an ideal option because it’s best to get ahead while you can and applying to college early as possible before the school routine starts and here is how you can do it:
1) Schedule time to work on your applications- seriously making and alarm for 30 minutes to an hour a day and doing it can make the application process run smoothly and relieve all the stress of trying to get them done at once.
2) Have a snack nearby- this will keep your creative juices flowing while working on the writing portion, and you’ll be more inclined to focus on the applications.
3) Listen to music- this isn’t for everyone, but while I work I like to listen to music that’s not too distracting for example jazz or instrumentals. It’s also said that music can jog your memory of certain events which you’ll want to remember for applying to colleges.
4) Use pre- writing skills- In English, teachers didn’t assign all these essays for nothing. Using any pre-writing outline or making drafts for the writing supplement can help those who don’t know where to start or need to keep the process as organized as possible.
5) Be patient- frustrating yourself while doing applications will only make these worst. Don’t rush to finish them all in one day because you only have one chance to submit it.
Now that you have a successful plan in applying for college, it’s time to get to work!
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