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ICYMI: Highlights from US News #Collegeapptips Live Chat

by Jocelyn Johnson, on Oct 31, 2014, 10:24:00 AM

 

Laptop Work-1Yesterday afternoon, US News Education hosted a live Twitter chat with college admissions experts, and Story2 participated in the forum.

Participants included Karen Long, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at Colgate University and Jeannine "Dean J" Lalonde, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission at University of Virginia.

In case you missed it, here are our five favorite questions and their top answers. You can check out all of the questions and the top answers in US News' official recap!

Q3: What are the biggest mistakes students make specifically on their college application essays? #CollegeAppTips

— U.S. News Education (@USNewsEducation) October 30, 2014

A3 No insight or reflection. Not proofread. Grammatical errors. A topic that's too broad. #CollegeAppTips

— Colgate University (@colgateuniv) October 30, 2014

A3: Some will say mentioning other schools, but I don’t mind that. I think writing reports vs personal essays. #collegeapptips

— DeanJ @ UVaAdmission (@UVaDeanJ) October 30, 2014

Q6: What’s the top mistake you’ve seen parents make when it comes to helping their kids with college applications? #CollegeAppTips

— U.S. News Education (@USNewsEducation) October 30, 2014

A6: Engulfing. This is THEIR choice. You cannot and should not do their apps, fill out scholarships, or write their essays #CollegeAppTips

— Chris Wood (@ChrisWood415) October 30, 2014

A6 Parents need to remember that they are not applying to college;their kids are. Applicants should be in the driver's seat #CollegeAppTips

— Mindy Popp (@MindyPopp) October 30, 2014

Definitely over-editing! Essays shouldn't sound like they were written by 40 year olds instead of 17 year olds #CollegeAppTips A6

— Story2 (@_Story_2) October 30, 2014

Q7: What are some appropriate ways parents can help their students submit error-free college applications? #CollegeAppTips

— U.S. News Education (@USNewsEducation) October 30, 2014

A7: We're getting too many essays that sound like they were written by a committee. Let the student voice be heard! :) #collegeapptips

— DeanJ @ UVaAdmission (@UVaDeanJ) October 30, 2014

A7. Step back from the content. Help your child with time management. #CollegeAppTips

— Colgate University (@colgateuniv) October 30, 2014

A7: Encouraging their children to take ownership of the process-- which will build future time/project management skills #CollegeAppTips

— Story2 (@_Story_2) October 30, 2014

Q8: What are some of the common pitfalls that students should avoid when asking for letters of recommendation? #CollegeAppTips

— U.S. News Education (@USNewsEducation) October 30, 2014

A8 The best letters are from those who see you struggle and grow. Not always the teacher where you got the easy A. #CollegeAppTips

— Colgate University (@colgateuniv) October 30, 2014

A8: I honestly wouldn't give a teacher your resume--you told us that stuff elsewhere. I want anecdotes from class! #collegeapptips

— DeanJ @ UVaAdmission (@UVaDeanJ) October 30, 2014

A8 - Also, not saying thank you... #Students: ALWAYS send a handwritten thank you note to all of your recommenders #CollegeAppTips

— Story2 (@_Story_2) October 30, 2014

Q11: What are some of the most common errors that students and parents make on financial aid paperwork? #CollegeAppTips

— U.S. News Education (@USNewsEducation) October 30, 2014

A11 It’s disastrous when a number ends up in the wrong place...like $90,000 becomes $190,000. #CollegeAppTips

— Colgate University (@colgateuniv) October 30, 2014

A11: Not asking for help; the process can be overwhelming, especially those with no Internet access, ESL, first generation. #collegeapptips

— Julia V. Taylor (@juliavtaylor) October 30, 2014

A11: Waiting until the last minute (and rushing) to complete, potentially missing out on aid + scholarship opportunities #CollegeAppTips

— Story2 (@_Story_2) October 30, 2014

 

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