Applying to colleges can be really stressful. All of a sudden it seems like there are endless tasks for you to complete– ordering transcripts, bugging your teachers and coaches for letters of recommendation, and writing the ever-dreaded essays.
And, as tough as the college application process is, it’s even worse (yes, it’s possible) when you drag your feet and wait until the last minute to get everything done!
In the spirit of spending your fall semester less stressed out and enjoying your winter holidays, it’s better to hit the college apps early. Some things to keep in mind:
Early Decision/Early Action
Over 450 colleges in the United States offer some form of Early Decision or Early Action application, which are usually due in early November. While there are differences between the ED and EA (learn more), it is nice to know ASAP what your options are, and to have a longer period of time to make a decision. Early Decision is especially helpful for those of you who have a clear top choice!
When you act early, you beat many of your classmates when it comes to getting letters of recommendation. Your teachers can focus on getting you your letters back in a timely fashion when they’re not writing 20 others at the same time!
Time to Try
When you wait until you’ve got mountains of homework to complete in addition to writing your college essays, it’s easy to slack on one or the other (or both)! If you get the majority of your essays done before Senior year is in full swing you’ll have more time for your school assignments and hanging out with friends you’ve missed over the summer!