Five mistakes to avoid on your college application
College application deadlines are looming for millions of high school seniors, and younger students are already thinking ahead. The Monitor checked in with counselors and admissions officers to get their take on some of the most common mistakes students make when preparing for and applying to college.
1. Being too 'well rounded'
For many parents this may come as a shock, but colleges donât necessarily favor the students with the longest list of extracurricular activities.
âRight now, the buzz word is really being âangular,â â says Lee Bierer, an independent college adviser who runs College Admissions Strategies in Charlotte, N.C. âColleges arenât looking for what I call âserial joinersâ â who simply show up at various club meetings, she says. âWhat theyâre looking for is a sustained interest, a commitment, responsibility, taking on a leadership role, showing commitment.â
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