KD College Apps #6: Supplements

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

Supplements. No, not the vitamins your mom makes you take every morning – the college app version! They are what they sound like, supplements to your Common Application and main essay. Each college asks for specific supplements, short responses to prompts that vary in length – they can be as long as a couple of paragraphs, or as short as a sentence!

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KD College Apps #5: The Common App Essay

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

The Common App Essay. It’s scarier than the monster under your bed, the skeletons in your closet, and your mom after you accidentally wash the reds with the whites. But we’re trained monster-fighters, which is why we’re here to equip you with armor to tame the beast that is the Common App Essay!

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KD College Apps #4: College Visits

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

The best way to know if you really want to go to a college is by visiting its campus. It gives you a feel of the environment and how you would fit in. While we understand that this isn’t the most accessible option, we’d urge the ones who are able to visit prospective colleges to do so.

Before we go on, we want to point out that visiting a college isn’t the only way to find out more about it. We recommend college visits, but we realize that they are huge commitments of time, energy, and money.

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KD College Apps #3: Early Action/Decision?

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

When college application season starts, you may start hearing people talk about where they’re applying “early.” This may or may not be for you, but the goal is for you to know by the end of this post. So let’s start with a couple of definitions…

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KD College Apps #2: Creating Your College List

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

We’re back! One of our biggest worries while applying was whether we had picked the right colleges. When applying, you honestly don’t know which schools will accept you – no matter who you are or how much you’ve accomplished. For that reason, your college list should have a variety of schools.

It’s a good idea to finalize your college list before senior year starts, and try to figure out why you’re applying to each – this means less time worrying about your list and more time working on your application. Don’t be afraid to add/remove colleges, though.

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KD College Apps #1: Your College App Timeline

Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. 

Before we delve in topic by topic, let’s start with the big picture of college applications. When should you be doing each of the things we’re about to discuss, and how do they all fit together?

Below we’ve compiled a SUGGESTED timeline with general benchmarks and deadlines. Don’t understand one of the things we’re talking about? No worries! We’ll go through each of them one by one. This is mostly a reference for later. If you see something you’re concerned about that’s not on our short list (see Advice from KD #0), just leave a comment for us below.

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KD College Apps #0: An Introduction

KD…as in, Kat and Daniel (the reference was too good – we had to). As promised, we’re going to be spending the next few months retracing our steps through the college application process. Disclaimer – we’re not experts. Everything in this series will be from our personal experiences and points of view, so take it with a grain of salt. However, we do feel like there were some very basic facts and pieces of advice that no one ever told us. As a result, we felt pretty overwhelmed and lost balancing both school and the craziness of college applications, and wanted to try to dispel that fog to make others’ lives easier.

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