Remember, Remember the month of November

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For some of us, November is a big month, for me especially thanks to my job. For others, it’s college application time. Hopefully, you’re aware of this already. If you’re not, step on it and save some money.

How to make your application stand out.
No matter what stage you’re at in your life, whether you’re a high school senior or a college senior, being active in your community is a must. Unless you’ve been working full-time, just going to class doesn’t cut it. As a high schooler, I was a library T.A., apart of the Anime club, the Poetry club, and my honors class made us do community service cleaning up the campus. I also regularly published in my school’s literary magazine. Now, you might be thinking I’m an overachiever, but I’m really not. I hated high school and my grades were far from perfect and all over the board. As long as it wasn’t an “F” I was doing just fine. However, that’s not how you get into impacted colleges and majors. In fact, had I been trying to get into my community college’s nursing program, I’d be screwed. The point is, when I applying for college at the university level, you have to do as much as possible to stand out.

Thanks to being The Writers’ Block president and various other roles, I was able to show how active and driven I was on my application. Also, it allowed two especially amazing professors to get to know me for two years and witness my hard work. So, whenever I needed a recommendation letter, they were never short of things to write about me and I kept getting scholarships.

Prep-Work
Please, please make sure you start prepping for your application early. You should be working on your personal statement letter, an essay writing sample, and notifying professors at least a month early for recommendation letters. As well, depending on the university you’re applying to, $50 per application unless you can have it waived. Personal, I was never able to get it waived. Otherwise, the application fees could be higher, like for Yale or Harvard. Luckily, these fees go towards your student fees if you’re accepted. If not, well…there goes $50 or more.

Pick an interesting essay that you wrote and did really great on. For my grad school application, I submitted a ten-page essay on David Mitchell’s film, It Follows, from my gothic literature class. I wrote about the subtle underlying themes of the movie and how it contributed to female bildungsroman in the gothic and our fear of death.  Submit an essay that you really worked hard on and stands out.

 

Well, that concludes today’s post. if you have any questions or topics you would like me to discuss, comment in the section below!

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