The Top 5 College Application Mistakes to Avoid


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With the majority of college application deadlines just weeks — or even days — away, it’s important that your son or daughter perform a thorough review of his or her applications to avoid making obvious mistakes that can negatively impact his or her admissions chances. When your child is done with that, he or she should do it again and then have a second and third set of eyes do the same. Serious colleges want serious applicants, and a shortsighted error can spell disaster for your child’s admission prospects.

Below is College Transitions’ list of five college application mistakes applicants frequently make, and that you can help your child avoid.

1. Prevent typos. Let’s start with the most obvious mistake. In life, typos happen. Autocorrected texts can turn a “dear friend” into a “dead friend.” Make sure your child reads and rereads her application, then rereads it again. Then encourage her to ask everyone she knows to read it. Because, when it comes to grammar, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

2. Be professional. We know your child’s partystud1@hotmail.com account has served him well since eighth grade. While others in your child’s social group traded in their Hotmail accounts for Gmail ones eons ago, your son held steady. Advise your son to keep his goofy/offensive/nonsensical email account and use it without shame — except when he is emailing prospective colleges.

His best bet is to open a new account that is as close to his legal name as possible: firstname.lastname@whatever.com. If his name is Mike Jones, he might have to add a six-digit number after it, but that’s okay.

3. Don’t beat a dead horse. We’re using a cliché here and not referring to actual postmortem equine abuse (tip: that wouldn’t look good on a college application either), but the point is, admissions officers do not like to read the same thing over and over. Advise your child against weaving the same tale of overcoming adversity through field hockey into every essay topic.

Since real estate space on an application is valuable, she should use every open space to reveal something new and important about who she is. That’s what it’s there for.

4. Avoid creating a never-ending activity page. Your child organized a potato sack race at a family reunion when he was 10? “Welcome to Stanford University, young man!” says the man in the tweed jacket as he hands a teenage boy a celebratory cigar. Perhaps this absurd, never-gonna-happen scenario is the fantasy driving applicants who submit activity pages and resumes longer than that of the average head of state. Suggest to your child that he keep his resume and activity pages short and sweet. Colleges know that no matter how accomplished your 18-year-old may be, he’s still a teenager. The great majority of his resume-worthy achievements lie ahead.

5. Keep Mom and Dad on a leash. Speak to any group of college admissions officials and tales of overly involved parents abound. Make no mistake: Excessive parental intervention can harm your child’s admissions chances. Emails and phone calls to the admissions office should come exclusively from the applicant, not the parents. Your child’s application should not show any traces of Mom or Dad’s influence — or middle-aged writing techniques.

For a further explanation of an appropriate role for parents to take during the admissions process, revisit our November 2016 column in Carolina Parent, titled “A Parent’s Role in the College Admissions Process.”


Dave Bergman, Ed.D., is a co-founder of College Transitions, a team of college planning experts committed to guiding families through the college admissions process. He is also a co-author of “The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process.” Learn more at collegetransitions.com.

 

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Alice is a texting, tweeting and googling girl of the digital era, but she finds herself in the Wonderland of old. Lewis Carroll's original tale is transformed into a modern adaptation...

Cost: $18/adult, $12 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theater
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Learn what ingredients are needed to make good growing soil, why plants needs soil, how to make black gold (compost) and get up-close with worms and other dirt-loving critters. Ages 5 and...

Cost: $9/member, $10/nonmember

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3770
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Enjoy a sneak peek of Carolina Ballet's upcoming "Sleeping Beauty" production. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh on a walking tour of Fayetteville Street. Tours highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that have shaped...

Cost: Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free.

Where:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Become a scientist for a day. Collect data from bluebird boxes for NestWatch, investigate the different species of birds that use our nest boxes, and see nests and eggs up...

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd
Wake Forest, NC
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Come alongside Huckleberry Finn and his friend Tom Sawyer as they find themselves knee-deep in adventure, shenanigans and Mississippi mud. This show features a variety of audience...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kennedy Theatre
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are...

Cost: $10/boat

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-5638
Contact Name: Bianca Garner
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Children with special needs and their families enjoy an afternoon of boating. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #111595.

Cost: $7/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Come alongside Huckleberry Finn and his friend Tom Sawyer as they find themselves knee-deep in adventure, shenanigans and Mississippi mud. This show features a variety of audience...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kennedy Theatre
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Many animals are active around sunset or shortly afterward. Take a walk with a park naturalist to explore the woods and fields at this special time of day. Look for deer, coyotes and owls. All...

Cost: $3 for ages 4 and up

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson Nature Preserve
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