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While it may be impossible to make applying to college completely devoid of stress, there are definitely ways to make the process manageable. By both having a clear plan for the various steps of the process and giving yourself mental space away from it, you can find ways to alleviate the stress and anxiety of applying to college.
On May 12, the Common Application announced that it would be adding a new, dedicated section for students to address how coronavirus has affected their educations, their college preparation, their family circumstances, and their lives.
The college admissions process in the United States has become increasing complex over the past two decades, while the ways that colleges choose who to admit have become more and more opaque. There's so much information (and misinformation) out there about how to make yourself a competitive applicant that you may not realize how much time and energy the actual application process takes until it's too late.
The personal statement section of the Common Application, better known as the Common App essay, is among the most important elements of the college application process. This 650-word personal essay helps admissions officers contextualize your grades and test scores and better understand what kind of college student you're going to be.
Today, the vast majority of selective schools ask students to write and submit short essays responding to questions particular to that school. These essays are arguably the most important piece of your application outside of your grades and standardized test scores. Why do supplemental essays matter so much? And how can you ensure you're writing ones that your dream schools will love?
Spark provides customized guidance to help you get into your top-choice schools.