Well, you might consider the consequences. For example, waiting until the application deadline means that you are in a hurry and you are stressed. As a result, you won’t have much patience for questions on the application that require reflective thought. You won’t be as likely to tidy up grammar and spelling—and you certainly won’t be inclined to ask anyone to look over your work.
So, what are you left with? Typos? Grammatical mistakes? Poorly developed ideas? Errors of omission—and the very strong impression that you, the candidate, didn’t care enough to invest time and effort in preparing your application? Remember, to the reader your application is you. Do you want to risk presenting yourself in a bad light that might cause an admission officer to lose interest?
The opening paragraph above is an excerpt from Chapter 12 of Winning the College Admission Game: Strategies for Students
entitled, “Time to Apply: Get It Done.” If you find yourself stuck in a rut as application deadlines draw near, check out the book for guidance on how to work through the troublesome and potentially annoying details that might be bogging you down.Peter Van Buskirk is an author, consultant, speaker and creator of the Best College Fit™ Resources. Visit www.TheAdmissionGame.com to learn more about Peter and his student-centered approach to college planning.