This time of year, I am spending my days and nights reviewing students' applications and supplements before they submit them.
If I edited their essays or helped them craft their activities list, there tends to be fewer issues. But if not, I am pointing out big and small adjustments they can make before they hit the "submit" button.
Here are the top five issues I am seeing this year:
1. Common App has a slight glitch in the activities section.
2. Avoid using abbreviations unless you have room to spell it out first.
3. Use present tense verbs when describing activities that you are currently still doing.
4. When copying and pasting your main essay into the writing section of Common App, your essay may look like it is in bold letters.
5. Common App adds extra returns in between paragraphs of the essay.
As you can see, these are small things, but they add up. You want your application and supplement to be polished, typo-free, and easy to read. The best way to review your application and supplement is to take a look at it in "preview" mode or print out a PDF version. This will allow you to see mistakes that are not as apparent when in editing mode.