Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3424 The College Application Help your child turn in an impressive application. Applications and Essays Make sure the information on every application is complete and accurate—and that essays are well-written. An essay is an opportunity for students to share their dreams and passions, talk about an obstacle they’ve overcome, or show how an event has helped shape who they are. An essay should not include information that can be found on the application or transcript. It should instead offer insight into who your child is and what makes him/her unique. Admissionsofficersreadlotsofessays. To stand out, an essay must be well-written and original. Recommendations Many applications require a letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher. The person writing the recommendation needs to know 1) what information should be included; 2) when it needs to be completed; 3) what to do with it once it’s written. Anyone who’s writing a recommendation for your child will wel- come written information and anecdotes with regards to your child’s strengths, interests, talents, leadership skills, and edu- cational plans. They should also be given a copy of your child’s “Activities Record” or resume. Even if an application does not require a recommendation, one canstillbeincluded. Ifthere’sinformationyouwantanadmissions officer to take into consideration, encourage your child to attach a short essay or letter to the application. Deadlines Make sure all materials are submitted well before the deadline. Many colleges will not consider an application that’s submitted after their deadline.