The biggest and easiest mistake to make on your college application is to not follow directions. In this series, we’re going to provide you with the most awesome and necessary strategies for making sure your college application gets noticed by your top university choices. The first strategy is to simply follow directions.
Failing to follow directions is the fastest way to get your application tossed into the rejection pile. Why? Because it shows carelessness and a lack of attention to detail. No one enjoys filling out applications, but that doesn’t give you a free pass to rush through them.
Read through the instructions for each section carefully so that you’re filling them out properly. This includes answering all the questions that apply to you and making sure your response accurately addresses the question.
Follow grammar rules
In addition to following the instructions spelled out in each section, it’s also important to follow all English grammar rules. This includes using proper capitalization and writing complete sentences. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to do this.
Following directions is only the first step to grabbing the admissions officer’s attention. Read our next post for a strategy that can give you a huge advantage over other applicants. Also, check out Brightstorm College for other great topics by our admissions expert.