Admit it: August has brought a new school year, the fall varsity athletics calendar and the start of the college admissions process. August 1st launched the 2012-2013 Common Application, and many seniors make critical missteps in completing these forms. Each year, we see common mistakes that could easily jeopardize admissions at selective colleges. Crisp Consulting + Coaching offers the following advice on checking for common application errors:
Check your email address. A juvenile and doltish email address does not bode well in an admissions office. No admissions officer will take seriously an address such as “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Since colleges communicate extensively via email, create a professional account using Gmail. This will be advantageous and professional in the admissions cycle.
Check your tweets. Social Media is a constant in the world, and it is completely accessible. Although some states such as California may not be able to ask for your social media outlets, these pages are public. Vulgar language, inappropriate humor and risqué photographs can jeopardize admissions in today’s competitive applicant pool. Utilize social media to state your accomplishments and unique character, without sacrificing good taste.
Check your calendar. The Common Application, institution-specific applications and supplements are now available, and deadlines begin in the middle of October. Despite known deadlines, students continually procrastinate until the proverbial eleventh hour. This is not safe as servers are overloaded with last-minute applicants. Procrastination also adds significant stress. Begin completing the applications well in advance, with the goal of submitting two weeks prior to the deadline.
Check your grammar and spelling. Word processing programs have left us with an inability to spot many common spelling mistakes. Many online applications do not have spell-check capabilities. Print your application and have it read and proofed at least twice for spelling, grammar and consistency.
Checking these simple steps can build a foundation for an exemplary application. A professional email address, social media campaigns that support your application, feasible application deadlines and impeccable spelling and grammar will set your application apart.
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Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, Raleigh-Durham and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.