For many high school seniors, the first semester is a period of stress and tension. With just a few months left until the college application deadline, many begin their stressful college application journey in the beginning of the school year.
While most colleges have deadlines in late December or even early January, many also offer Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) options, with deadlines as early as November. However, even if one does not plan to apply early admission, it’s probably a good idea to begin the process over the summer.
“College applications can be a long process,” said Zion Chang, a recent high school graduate, in an interview with JSR. “It’s a good idea to make a checklist of the things you need to do ahead of time.”
One of the biggest advantages of working on college applications over the summer is that one may enjoy a lighter workload during the hectic school year. Many students continue to take challenging AP courses and participate in school sports and clubs, and the added duty of college applications can be extremely overwhelming.
“Summer is a good time to start your essays,” said Eric Zhu, an incoming freshman at UC Berkeley, in an interview with JSR. “By starting early, one not only has time to brainstorm ideas, but engaging in interesting activities over summer will give you inspiration.”
With more students applying to more schools, the college admissions process is only getting more and more competitive. One should not only enjoy their summer break, but also get a head start on college essays. In order to survive this nerve-wracking college admissions process, one should start college applications early.
“While college essays bring anxiety to those unsure about what to write, they are, in essence, a chronicle of your adventures and learnings,” added Zhu. “A time without schoolwork to worry about – summer – is necessary for the reflection and thought college essays demand.”