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College Admissions: Learning from the Process

College Admissions: Learning from the Process

In the final years of high school, we are forced to consider what happens after graduation. We have to face questions like, ‘Where do you want to go to college?’ and ‘What will you study?’  These questions are easier to answer if you know your strength and weaknesses and what you want out of life. The more you know about yourself, the easier it gets to make the decision.

In the context of things college is not a destination; it’s a vehicle that is going to get us somewhere we want to go.

What not to do on a college application:

Incorrect grammar and spellings can be the death of your college application. So never rush the editing procedure. Read the essay questions carefully and do not ramble on or be metaphorical where it doesn’t work well. Stick to the facts. Never make something up about yourself to impress the admission readers. Don’t forget to mention anything substantive and lastly never use an unprofessional email on your application.


What this process teaches you:

College applications may be stressful, but they teach you important attributes like time management, taking responsibility and relationship building. These traits will always be useful in the long run. This process teaches young people a lot about making connections and being independent. It helps you to realise your strengths which decrease the chances of falling prey to someone else’s vision.It also gives you a better understanding of how to ask people to write the letter of recommendations for you. It is the perfect time to learn how to utilise resources such as counsellors, parents, and friends to ask for help when you need it. The energy, creativity and time consumed in developing key messages and crafting them into compelling personal statements teach you to prioritise your time. 

Accepting defeat:

In the midst of fierce competition, it is crucial to understand that every college receives thousands of applications each year. So not everyone is going to get into their first or second choice of school, and that is perfectly okay.You cannot control everything. Not getting in your first preferred college does not mean you can’t get into other excellent schools or be successful. Accepting defeat and learning how to move past it without wasting precious time is the most important lesson of all.

College applications may be a daunting process, but there are many valuable things people can learn from this experience and use them to grow as a person. All you need to do is stay positive and don’t lose hope!


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