The Applications: You may have your college list set, or at least know of a few schools that you're definitely interested in applying to. For those schools that you have good feelings about, take some time to familiarize yourself with the application that they utilize (be it the Common App, Coalition App, or perhaps an independent variation of their own application). Familiarize yourself with the program and the set-up. Once you have a grasp of what you're being asked, and how the application is structed, in time you'll find the apps pretty easy to use and navigate. Have you started filling in the biographical information? Start now if you can! Beginning the process seemingly a bit early, will have you more prepared, give you a better understanding of requirements, and will grant you the time to review things prior to submission.
The Essay. Do you know the writing prompts that are being offered this year? If not, definitely review those and have an understanding of how you would best respond to each option. If you've narrowed the selection down to two or three of the choices, you can write a few notes and thoughts for yourself on each one on (1) why you'd choose that option, and then (2) a starting point for each. Oftentimes when students brainstorm that way they are able to pinpoint which essay makes the most sense for them. When all is said-and-done, aim to have written about three or four renditions of the piece before you process the final version for application.
Letters of Recommendation. Remember to let those individuals who you want to be writing you letters of recommendation for you to know as such. Your school may already have a set plan in place given your Math or English teachers, but give advance notice to those individuals outside of school -- club leaders, coaches, etc. It gives them ample time to put together a really thoughtful piece on you, showcasing you best, without being rushed.
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