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College Admissions: Advice to The Class of 2016 From The Class of 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

 

Students receive a myriad of advice throughout the college admissions process from parents, counselors, teachers, coaches and other adults. However, the best advice (and most likely to be followed) often comes from their peers. So, I polled my seniors who are graduating this year and asked them “What one piece of advice would you give the Class of 2016 about the college admissions process?” Here are their answers:

  • Always go on separate info sessions and tours from your parents because they are way too opinionated. The search is about your preferences, not theirs. 
  • Write your essays during the summer!!!
  • Don’t believe all the rumors you hear about admissions. Most of them are not true.
  • Pay close attention to each campus you visit and really see whether you could envision yourself there for four years. 
  • Write great essays that talk about personal growth, situations you have learned from, philosophies, and challenges overcome. These core ideas can be modified to cover a multitude of extra essays on the Common App. 
  • Get your applications in for all early action deadlines. Having at least once acceptance before Christmas really relieves stress.
  • Remember not to let up in school once you get into your first college. There's nothing more stressful than when you think there's a possibility of getting your acceptance taken away.
  • Don’t think of your college search as the end-all. College shouldn’t be what you have worked so hard for these past 4 years—consider college just a stepping stone to making a difference in the world. In the future, no one is going to care where you went to college, they’re going to care what you did during/after. College isn’t the goal, it’s a way of reaching your goal. For me, this realization gave me a lot of perspective. 

Wise words of wisdom from the Class of 2015. Congratulations to all the graduating seniors!

Cristiana Quinn, M.Ed. is the founder of College Admission Advisors, LLC which provides strategic college counseling, SAT prep and athletic recruiting services www.collegeadvisorsonline.com.

 

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Cambridge, MA

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Percentage of Students that Donate: 42%

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Hartford, CT

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Waltham, MA

Grateful Graduate Index Score: 83.8

Median Donation Per Student Over a 10 Year Period: $14,045

Percentage of Students that Donate: 22%

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Waterville, ME

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