Now that school is out for summer, it’s time to start to write your college essays! You no longer have schoolwork and studying to use as an excuse. Now is the perfect time to begin the process of brainstorming exactly what you’re going to write about for college admissions counselors to read. And then once you’re done brainstorming, it’s time to start actually typing those essays! If you wait until the fall, you’ll be inundated with schoolwork all over again and you’ll be sorry you didn’t take advantage of the summer months to write possibly the most important essays you’ll ever write.
While five years ago, students who applied to highly selective colleges tended to apply to 9 to 12 universities, students now often apply to as many as 15 colleges. And there are even some students who apply to the maximum number of colleges allowed by the Common App. That would mean that they apply to 20 colleges. Yes, you read that figure correctly! And if you’re wondering, we at The Ivy Coach think applying to 20 colleges is completely over the top. But even if you’re applying to, say, 12 to 15 colleges, know that you’ve got a whole lot of college essays ahead of you to write.
In addition to the two essays on the Common App, many highly selective colleges have supplemental essays. In fact, some of the highly selective colleges have as many as 5 or 6 supplemental essays! So don’t think just because you’ve knocked out the two Common App. essays that you’re done. You’re a long way from done. You’re closer to just getting started! So start brainstorming…and start writing your college essays! Now. Seriously.