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What It’s Like to Apply to College Early Decision – As Told By GIFs

Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

early application deadlinesApplying ED or EA Is Rarely Easy – But It Can Be Rewarding!

Early application deadlines are right around the corner, and students across the globe are putting the finishing touches on their ED and EA apps. What is it like to apply early to your top-choice colleges? While it can be stressful to get your application done early, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

It’s no secret that early applicant pools can have higher acceptance rates than regular decision apps. And while there can be a statistical advantage to applying early, it’s not a great strategy if you’re not prepared to submit your application two months earlier than the Jan. 1 deadlines. Apply early decision or early action can allow students to complete the admissions process well ahead of their peers, but it is not a decision to be taken lightly. To learn more about early application options, click here.

So you’re applying early to your top-choice schools – what does that feel like? Here are some common emotions students feel when applying early – as told by GIFs.

You Feel Like Your Personal Statement Will Never Get There

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There’s a lot of work that goes into brainstorming, drafting, and revising your personal statement or Common App essay. For many students this process can seem never ending as they work to get that “perfect” final essay. It’s important to remember that your essay needs to reveal something about you not found anywhere else in the application, and it should be in your voice! Don’t write what you think admissions officers want to read – write something that’s about you in your own voice, not someone else’s.

And There Are All These Other Materials to Worry About

As if the personal statement isn’t work enough, there’s also supplements, recommendation letters to collect, transcripts to send out, SAT or ACT score reports to request, and more. There’s a lot of materials that you need to coordinate to send to colleges, so get organized! Make a list and ensure that all materials are sent and will be received on time.

Not to Mention Your Regular School Work and Activities


There’s a lot going on right now! Not only are you working to finish your early applications, you also need to be mindful of your regular decision applications on top of your normal school work, activities, jobs, and more. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and reprioritize. Take time to relax and rearrange your schedule to meet all your commitments and deadlines in a timely manner.

You Spend A Lot of Time Checking and Double Checking


As early deadline approach, students will spend a lot of time reviewing their essay, supplements, Common App, and other materials. Check and double check that all your information is correct, there are no spelling or grammatical errors in your apps, and that you’re not missing important context or details in certain sections of your application.

Hitting “Submit” Is Nerve-Racking


When the time comes to hit submit it can be scary! But don’t fret. If you completed all your essays ahead of time and ensured that all requested materials have been sent to the school, hit “submit” with confidence!

There’s A Giant Sense of Relief


Whew! You did it! Take some time to enjoy your accomplishment and relax. Don’t take off too much time, however. You still have regular school commitments and regular decision application to focus on. Enjoy this part of the process but don’t lost sight of your bigger goals this semester.

Now You Get to Do It All Again!


With early applications out of the way, now is the time to refocus on your regular decision applications. Early admission decisions won’t be available until mid-December, meaning if you’re rejected or deferred from your early college you only have about two weeks to complete the remainder of your regular applications should you put them off until you hear from your early school. Instead, continue working on your regular decision applications now through the Jan. 1 deadlines.

Applying early decision or early action can be stressful but it is an incredibly exciting process! If you need help putting those finishing touches on your early applications, or would like some feedback on your completed early application, contact us today for more information on our college counseling services for high school seniors including our Application Review.


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