ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — College application season is in full swing for high school Seniors. It can be a long, tedious process but it doesn’t have to be. Roanoke College student Claudia Jacobs remembers what it was like, and says filling out college applications can be stressful. She says researching and planning ahead can help your teen stay on deadline and could help make it a smoother process.
Jacobs recommends researching different schools and checking the application requirements for each school. Most colleges and universities require your student’s high school transcripts. Many also expect a resume which includes work experience. Your child will also need to include activities, clubs and sports in which they have participated.
Another important item to include in the college application is an essay. Roanoke College Vice President of Enrollment, Brenda Poggendorf says the essay portion is sometimes optional depending on the college, but she recommends every student write one. She says it gives the Admissions Department a chance to know the prospective student in a unique way. She suggests the student write a topic they are passionate about or even an experience they’ll never forget. The goal is to have your teen set themselves apart and to highlight what makes them different.
Once the application process is completed, the waiting begins. Jacobs and Poffendorf say finding the right place to call “Home” takes some effort but it’s worth it in the end.