When you mix hormone-addled teenage minds and major life decisions, the result is usually less than satisfactory. Unfortunately, these are the conditions present when you are forced to decide where to go to college, and the colleges don’t make it any easier. They flood your mailbox with glossy brochures showing students smiling and laughing on grassy lawns and put so many facts and figures in your face that you feel like you’re studying for some test. How are you, as you search for a place to spend the next four years of your life, supposed to cut through the college propaganda and determine where the grassy lawns are greenest? Additionally, how do you determine what colleges you can actually afford?
I know the feeling. I was also overwhelmed with the task of selecting a college. During the admission process, I applied to eighteen schools, wrote over twenty essays, and took part in sixteen interviews. It sucked. I would never wish such a tedious endeavor on my worst enemy. However, the ordeal gave me a lot of experience with many aspects of college admission. So, instead of annoying my friends with tidbits about college admission, I decided to write this book—a no-fluff guide to deciding where to apply, building college applications, and smoking college interviews and scholarship weekends, written by a student for students. Just so you guys don’t think I’m some random schmuck writing on a subject I know nothing about, I was able to win over $1,000,000 in school-specific scholarships, so my methods have had some success.
This book is a compilation of information and tips that I picked up when I was going through the application process myself. It will address selecting colleges, filling out applications, and scholarship interviews along with some other stuff. Hopefully, it helps keep you from going insane during your application process. Please keep in mind throughout that I am by no means the law on this stuff. These are just tips and bits of information that I found useful, so if you don’t agree with something I’ve said, you don’t have to listen. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way let’s get going. It’s time to get you some application savvy so you can spend more time enjoying your senior year instead of sweating over your college applications.