My name is Fletcher, the apply101.com intern.
I am proud to announce that the inaugural apply101.com Student Advisory Council is open to applicants!
Council members will meet monthly via Skype to formulating and contributing ideas on how to improve the college applications process.
These ideas will be shared with colleges and future applicants in hopes that we can change the process for the better.
Interested? Click here to apply by May 15, 2017.
Those accepted into the program will meet some awesome students from around the U.S., receive valuable teamwork experience, some rad apply101.com swag and a platform to share their voice to positively change the college applications process.
Can't wait to see your application!
We are so excited and honored to have been feature in the Oregonian this week!
A huge thank you to Betsey Hammond for the great article!
Check it out:
They, along with six other colleges, took the time to verify their data on apply101.com and have earned the coveted "College Verified" badge.
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Check out the current list:
Cornish College of the Arts
Our Lady of Holy Cross College
Patrick Henry College
Portland State University
Saint Michael's College
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
University of Tampa
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It features the vocal talents of our very own intern, Fletcher.
It's September and college application season has officially started!
Need some help staying motivated while completing all of your application tasks
(and checking them off in apply101.com, of course)?
Here is part one of the apply101.com ultimate college application playlist!
5. This is How We Do It, Montell Jordan.
Because, obviously, you rule at applying to college.
4. Roar, Katy Perry
College applications can be tough. Remember, you are tougher with this Katy Perry classic.
3. Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, Michael Jackson
Whenever you get discouraged, Michael Jackson will keep you going.
2. Another One Bites The Dust, Queen
The perfect song for when you check off another application task! Boom!
1. I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
Just remember, college applications can be stressful, but you will survive!
Want the whole playlist?
Check it out on Spotify and stay tuned for part two.
What is your favorite college application pump-up song? Tell us in the comments below!
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A few blogs ago we mentioned that the summer is a perfect time to start thinking about those colleges essay.
Well now you can think about them using the REAL questions.
The Common Application recently released their 2016/2017 questions.
And here they are:
2016-2017 Essay Prompts
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
These should get you thinking!
1. Talk to Your Senior Friends
Before all of your senior friends head off to college, summer is a great time to talk to them about where they are going.
Ask them what was special about the college they picked. What stood out? What made them sure it was the place for them.
Talking to future college freshman is a great way for you to start thinking about how you might find your own colleges (and who knows you made learn about a new college or two).
2. Start Brainstorming College Essay Ideas
Remember that handy dandy notebook we mentioned a few blog posts ago?
That is a great place to start capturing ideas for your college essays.
Don't worry. You don't have to start writing them (yet).
But if something exciting happens to you this summer or your mom tell you a funny story about something you did as a kid, write it down. It may make for fantastic essay content down the road.
3. Visit a Local College
There is usually a college or two located in or near your hometown.
Even if you know there is no way that you will apply to that college, it still might be worth a visit.
Being on a college campus lets you start getting a feel for what college is really like.
Do you feel overwhelmed on the large state school's campus? Perhaps a smaller school is for you.
Love the awesome library - make sure you check out the libraries as you start to add colleges to your list.
4. Follow Your Passions
Do you love playing the flute, volunteering at your local soup kitchen or playing rugby?
The summer is the perfect time to spend some time doing what you love most.
So, you may ask, how does this help with my college applications?
Colleges love passionate students and they especially love students who spend time on those passions. Use the summer to show your colleges what you love to do.
5. Have some fun. Seriously.
College applications can be stressful and there is a ton going on your senior year. Enjoy your summer. Get a cool job, go to the beach, spend time with friends - make the most of it!
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College visits sound so glamorous.
The chance to travel, visit beautiful campus after beautiful campus and witness some of the most skilled backwards walkers you have ever seen.
But once in the thick of it, many applicants quickly find college visits overwhelming. The plethora of information coming at you all at once can leave your head spinning.
Enter our little secret for making the whole process a little easier and a lot more managable
No, it isn’t an amazing app or a super-intelligent robot (although that would be super rad).
It is a notebook.
Yes, you read the right a notebook.
So here is how you can use a notebook to make your college visits a lot more impactful.
1.Write down your initial thoughts when you get on campus.
As soon as you arrive on campus write down your initial thoughts. Does it feel like home? Are you 100% sure this isn’t the place for you. That gut instinct can be very telling. Make sure you document it.
2.Take notes as you learn more.
Does the college you are visiting have the largest collection of books on underwater basket weaving? Do they have a wood burning pizza oven. Do the professors frequently appear on CNN?
If you learn something amazing about your college write it down. It may prove useful for…
3.Use your notebook for your college essays.
Many colleges require supplemental essays that ask why you want to attend that particular college.
The notes you took in your handy dandy notebook are gold for these essays.
Colleges want to know, in detail, what you like about them. Reference the fact that you loved their collection of books about underwater basking weaving and you will prove to your college that you’ve done your homework.
Now is a perfect time to start thinking about those college essays.
We know. We know. It is only March and September is sooooooooo far away.
But getting an early start on college essays can save you a ton of stress down the road.
Be nice to your future self and get working on those essays.
And to help get you started, here are some quick tips about college essays from apply101.
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