Do’s and Don’ts

–by Tamara

It is an important time in lives of high school seniors — many are getting answers from universities from all over the world, others are yet to send their documents to those universities.

As someone who has already sent her documents into the UK and got some answers, I’d like to give some advice to others who are only planning to do that next year, or years after.

DO — Start preparing early.
Really, do this. I did the mistake of preparing everything the last month — that is an incredible amount of stress I voluntarily put myself through.
DON’T — Send everything on the deadline day.
You never know what might not work out the day you decide to send it, starting from the Internet connection not working and ending with some money transfer issues or even a change of mind.
DO — Do some research on the core subjects.
When applying to a course in a university, always check what subjects you’ll be studying throughout the three years you’re planning to stay there. It is important.
DON’T — Overstress.
Be confident, albeit not overly. If they want to arrange for an interview, prepare, but don’t write all possible answers down — it has to flow.
DO — Check out the campus.
Despite what you might think, the campus is important. Some people want to experience the life on campus. Others plan to live by themselves. It all depends on your personality and expectations.
DON’T — Base your decision solely on the academics.
Yes, academics are one of the most important, if not THE most important factors in your decision. However, there are so many things that you should take into account, starting from the above mentioned campus and ending with the student body, the city etc.
DO — Try to be original and captivating.
DON’T — Write a generic personal statement.
Both points explain each other.
DO — Pick a variety of universities.
It doesn’t matter how excellent in your academic achievements you are, you still need to pick one or two universities that are easier to get into and that would still make you happy.
DON’T — Leave too much out, but DON’T overload on information that is not valuable.
Mention everything that has value — even that AP exam you got a 3 in, unless you’re planning to take it again. Don’t mention the award for the best playdo figurine you got in third grade.

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