Top 10 College Application Concerns and How to Overcome Them

As you start applying for your ideal schools, it’s natural to feel a little nervous—but understanding the most common concerns is the first step to overcoming them.

College admissions can be overwhelming. It’s unfortunate, but true. Even the most prepared students feel the pressure of submitting flawless applications to intimidating schools in preparation for the next stage of their academic career.

But if you’re going to be successful with your college applications, you’ll have to overcome those concerns. These are some of the most common ones you’ll experience:

1.       It’s too much work. It does take time to complete an application—but if you start early, you can take your time and fill it out at your own pace.

2.       Essays are hard. Essays usually aren’t fun, but college application essays are all about you! This is your chance to show off your personality. Make it fun!

3.       There are too many deadlines. Grab a calendar or a management app like BOLD Guidance, and set up reminders as soon as you know what your deadlines are. That way, you don’t have to worry about it!

4.       I’ll get rejected. Rejection is a part of life. You may not get accepted to every school you apply to—but the only way to guarantee you won’t be accepted is to not apply in the first place. Give it a shot!

5.       My transcript is terrible. Even if you have a few bad grades from high school, you’ll have plenty of other opportunities to “wow” your counselor with personal essays and extracurricular work.

6.       I have no extracurriculars. Again, you have plenty of opportunities to impress your reviewers. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have.

7.       It’s too expensive. Don’t worry about money at this stage. There are thousands of scholarships and programs to help students out, so for now just worry about getting in.

8.       I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s okay! Nobody does when they first start. Just take it one step at a time.

9.       This is my only chance. It isn’t. Even if you do miss a deadline, most universities will give you another chance. And if you’re rejected from your dream school—you can apply again next semester!

10.   There are too many options. It’s hard to pick the perfect school, but counselors, teachers, and parents can all help guide you to the right information.

Keep your head up, your goals firm, and your confidence strong as you fill out more and more applications. And if you want a little extra help to keep yourself organized—sign up for a free trial of BOLD Guidance.