Monday, August 24, 2015

Tips for Writing Your College Application

Someone pinch me! I cannot believe I am a senior this year in high school, time just flew by! I am super excited, yet stressed to be applying to colleges this year. I am, of course, not an expert when it comes to these things. However, I wanted to share with you some advice I've learned from my experience as well as my siblings and friends.

Be aware of dates
Nothing can be worse than missing a submission deadline. I have all of my important dates for college mapped out to stay on top of things. Don't be a procrastinator, you don't want to be scrambling around late November to submit your application.

With limited time in my English class, I feel like we never take the time to brainstorm ideas for our essays. Don't neglect to skip this part for your application. I find it difficult to just simply start writing an essay. Before you get to typing keep a list of bullet points of details and ideas. That way it will make your essay come much more easily.

I remember my sophomore year, after turning in our English papers, our teacher asked us for a raise of hands of who actually read through it all before turning it in. You'd be surprised when I say that only a fourth of the class actually raised their hands. When it comes to rereading your college application/essay, don't do it immediately after you finish. Save the document, and allow your eyes some time for a break. Once you're reading to reread, be sure to read it allow, I promise it will help you catch silly spelling/grammar mistakes!

Get Feedback
A new website that I have been using recently is called EditRevise. It essentially acts as your English teacher or your college admissions officer. EditRevise is an online service that can be used to provide feedback on your college app essays. After submitting my first essay draft, it took roughly (get it?) 48 hours until I got my feedback. (You can also pay a little more to receive the feedback within 6 hours, if you're in a hurry.) The comments I got back I found to be very helpful and detailed. I also liked how if a editor commented on a section, they would provide me with a sample sentence. With submitting three revisions of my essay, I found that it allowed me a great foundation for when I write my other essays.

Another aspect of this site I found helpful was their free e-book that they offered. In this e-book, they provide you even more tools and advice on how to write your best college application essay. If you'd like to give EditRevise a go, use the code SYDNEY10 to get $10 off. Also another exciting promotion, EditRevise is hosting a essay contest where you can win a $10,000 scholarship!

I hope you found these tips to be useful, I am not an expert so I'd appreciate it if you have any advice to help me in this process!


*This post is sponsored by EditRevise and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own.*


  1. Best of lucks applying Syd, I'm sure you'll get in wherever you want to go! :)

    Ane | Basque Prep

  2. Good luck! I remember the process being stressful, but so worth it in the end!!

    Seacoast to the South