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Marshall Application Tips

January 08, 2021
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Thomas King
Common App Advice

It can feel like the most important application of your life to this point, and not to scare you, but it probably is. College is the next big milestone for most high school students, and submitting your college applications is a very daunting and exciting task. I was in your shoes not too long ago, and as I prepare to graduate college, I want to share some very important things to keep in mind before hitting that final “Submit” button. So, here are my top three pieces of advice for high school seniors getting ready to submit their college applications.

  1. Be yourself!

When applying to big name schools like USC, it can be very easy to want to change your application or essays to try to fit the “perfect mold” and be the “best” possible applicant you can be. However, and I cannot stress this enough, do NOT do this. It is remarkably easy for admissions' staff at any school to identify when an applicant is not being authentic and trying to fit a mold of someone they are not. Yes, you might be the star of your sports team or a student leader at your school, and those are great attributes, but the most important piece of advice I can give you is to be your absolute most authentic self, especially in your essays. So, try to answer the prompts as YOU would answer them. Talk about your past, what has made you the person you are today and how those things will turn you into the person you hope to grow into during and after college.

  1. Get involved, but don’t spread yourself too thin!

Involvement is a big factor when it comes to college applications. It shows you care about your community and are a student leader. However, don’t try to spread yourself too thin, and this goes for more than just high school students, but even college kids. This is something I struggled with when I got to college and it reflects poorly on yourself if you are involved in too many groups. You can’t really be the best version of yourself in every involvement. Choose two or three organizations that you truly care about and want to become a leader in and be the best possible member of those organizations. Not only will you grow within these communities, but you will have much more to write about in your applications about these groups, because you will be a much more committed and active member.

  1. Don’t stress.

College is a big deal and getting into your dream school can seem like a huge step. However, here’s the most important thing to remember in this process: No matter what school you end up attending, whether it be your dream school or not, you will have an amazing experience. There are incredible people and communities at every university across the nation and no matter where you end up, you will find people you love, communities you enjoy being a part of, and will see yourself blossom into a bright adult ready to take on the world and make an impact. So, as you submit your applications, don’t stress, but find solace in knowing that the next four years of your life will be amazing, no matter where you end up!

Good luck and Fight On!

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