After my recent blogs regarding the waitlist and how to choose a college to commit to, today I will be talking about the Letter of Continued Interest (LOCI). You may feel discouraged about waitlist offers because you have to wait even longer to find out whether you are accepted to a college, but the silver lining of the waitlist is that the college admissions team sees something special within you.
When it comes to the Common Application, most essay prompts are asking rather similar questions. College Admissions Officers want to know what your identity is made up of: what your background is, what makes you tick (what your passions are), how you engage with those around you and apply yourself within your community, and how you respond to failure.
It’s March, which means that college decisions are starting to be released! You will be hearing back from colleges and their decisions on whether you were accepted, waitlisted, or sadly, rejected. Today, I am going to talk about getting waitlisted at colleges as I have experience being waitlisted to a few colleges when I was applying to schools.
Stuck on your short-answer questions in the Common Application? I get it! These were easily the hardest questions for me to answer when applying to colleges, simply because the word limit can feel very limiting, and finding the right words to concisely express your thoughts can feel awkward and unfinished.
You did it! You wrote your long-dreaded college application essays (most likely your UC Personal Insight questions), and you’ve found a way to eloquently tell your story. You’ve done multiple drafts and a thorough job at rephrasing, reworking, and rethinking your paragraphs. Maybe you had some family members, peers, or Study Hall College Consulting team members to read over your words and give feedback, or maybe you kept it to yourself to make sure that your words felt completely your own.
Do you have a student who is steadfast that their college application essay is great but you, as a parent, think their essay could use some work but they don’t listen to you? Unfortunately, this is a common problem for parents and their high school students. The student will write their essay and not take any feedback from their parents, instead insisting that their essay is perfect the way it is.
Applying to colleges is a scary process that many students can feel overwhelmed by. However, it’s important to make your application stand out! You don’t have to be a perfect 4.0 student, or a student who’s discovered the cure to coronavirus! Colleges aren’t looking for a student who’s only invested time in one sector of their life. Make your application well-rounded by following some of these tips and improving your experience in these areas!
“What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?”
“Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.”
"What would you say is your greatest talent or skill?”
In this blog I am sharing with you the best college essay advice that I received when I was applying to colleges. Through this, you will be able to enhance your voice in your essays. The biggest secret to writing your college application essay is this: if someone else can steal your essay word for word, then it is a bad essay. This advice seems so simple, but when you actually put it into action, it is mind-blowing.
During the college application process, students usually have the opportunity to visit numerous college campuses across the world in order to figure out if you can envision yourself at that university. Visiting schools is a great way to help decide if you should apply to the school and the visit can inspire your “Why X” college application essay.