If you are utterly confused about what students should and shouldn't be doing when it comes to this year's college applications, you are not alone. There are a lot of mixed messages being sent out.
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, an outgoing dean of admissions suggested that students should be "hunting deep for insight about how COVID affected them." Whether this quote was taken out of context or not, many who read this article think that all students need to be writing about their COVID-experience. In reality, that's the farthest thing from the truth.
1. Do not feel the need to go "hunting deep" to write about COVID in your application unless you have been truly impacted well beyond the norm.
2. What isn't as optional this year are "optional essays."
3. Speaking of test scores, please do not put yourself in danger or travel miles and miles away from your home just to take a standardized test.
4. With very few colleges permitting visitors and travel restrictions still in place in a lot of areas of the country, students will need to show "demonstrated interest" virtually.
5. Check your transcripts for typos and TEST SCORES.
Related reading: 5 Tips for the 2020-21 Common App
The rules of the admissions game are changing daily. But you can stay one step ahead by focusing on what really matters: being accurately represented in your application. Do not let chance dictate your future. Take the bull by the horns. Make sure YOU, not the colleges, drive this process.