Early Start to College Application Process Essential


by Josh Bannon
Eagle Editorial Board

College applications will not take too much time to finish. They really are not that hard to get out of the way, right?

Speaking as one who procrastinated on almost every aspect of the college application process, I can assure you nothing could be further from the truth.

I did not start on my college applications during the summer, putting them off until the school year started, and am now paying the price.

Sure, in general there are only two essays absolutely required by schools that accept the Apply Texas Application that only need to be around 550 words long.

Applications are made much easier to fill out with our proficient array of websites dedicated to helping us with the application process and really do not require any complicated thought processes to complete. All of this may be true, yet the application process, while not difficult, takes an annoyingly long time to complete.

The sheer amount of scores, writing samples and biographical information you need to gather and keep track of will wreak absolute havoc on any kind of schedule during the school year.

The easiest way to go through the application process without excruciating headaches and crushing amounts of stress is to complete it within an extended time frame, at your own leisurely pace.

Not only will this prevent the application process from getting in the way of homework or weekend plans, but it will also ensure that you are giving yourself the best chance at getting accepted.

Having your application essays completely done before summer even ends will give you plenty of time to get feedback on them and hone them to their maximum potential.

Doing your applications during the summer will also give you plenty of time to lock down exactly what needs to go into your resume of extracurricular activities, volunteer services and distinctions.

Having all of your essays and applications done by the end of the summer will mean that come school time, all you will need to do is acquire teacher and counselor letters of recommendation and then perhaps review everything with your counselor before submitting it all and before the Nov. 1 STH deadline.

You will be able to get school work done unhindered and hang out with friends on the weekend without that nagging feeling about the last few hundred words you need to write.

But most importantly, it will allow you to focus all the attention you would have spent on the applications on chasing down as many extra scholarships as you can.

Scholarships mean practically free money toward your college career. They expand your options for available colleges as well as score you big points with your parents.

So I encourage all juniors to get started on the college discernment and application process right now. Even sophomores should be starting to think about what they want to do in life and what college will best get you to that objective.

If you have an older sibling who is making college visits, tag along with them wand ask some questions of your own while you are there.

As for my fellow seniors, by now you should just be finishing up applications for scholarships and waiting for those acceptance letters to start rolling in.