It’s November of your senior year – if you’re applying to college, now is the time when all of your hard work culminates in the form of your applications.
Let’s be real, it can be easy to get frazzled now. But, wouldn’t it be nice if you felt at ease instead of scrambling to submit your applications? Let’s take a few minutes to review what final details you should confirm so that you can feel confident when hitting “submit” on those applications.
1. Review the college’s website
Before you submit your application, it doesn’t hurt to do a final sweep of the college’s website. Make sure you’ve confirmed your application deadline in addition to what forms and documents are required.
2. Plan for the day and time that you’ll apply
Waiting until the final hour never benefits anyone. If you intend to apply somewhere, pick a day and time ahead of the deadline that you’ll sit down to complete the application.
3. Proofread your essay and application
At this point, do we need to reiterate how important it is to have a second set of eyes on your college essay? If so, here is your reminder: have someone else read your essay one more time before submitting it!
Even further, make sure you carefully read the application itself to ensure you’re following directions, have not made spelling mistakes, and have properly completed all sections.
4. Confirm documents have been sent on your behalf
This could include documents like a school report, letters of recommendation, a counselor report, test scores, and more. Make sure to do a final check on any items that require someone else to complete them. Do not read this as: "pester your counselor in the final hour." Do your due diligence by ensuring that your counselor is aware of your applications well ahead of time, and be kind and appreciative of their time – they have your best interest at heart!
5. Keep a copy for your records
Whether you grab a screenshot, take a photo, save a PDF, or print, it’s always a good idea to keep a copy of your application for your records. If there are any issues with your application, you will have a record of your submission.
Applying to college is–and should be–exciting! Avoid any feelings of anxiousness by following these final steps before hitting submit.