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So… It’s this time of the year, seniors. The college application process. As August draws to a close, seniors begin to narrow down their college list, write their essays, and study for the ACT or SAT one last time. You’ve probably gotten hundreds of emails from various colleges dying to have you attend (or are they?), and the process can get extremely overwhelming at times. For those of you who are definitely going to Alabama or Auburn or other state schools, rest easy; this article isn’t for you. This is for those weird kids (myself included) who want to endure the torture of writing dozens of essays for dozens of colleges on the Common App.

The Common Application, known to most as the Common App, is a streamlined process of applying to colleges that many universities employ. Schools that use the Common App can be found here. In the Common App, there is a standard personal statement essay that applicants are required to write. There are 5 prompts this year, only slightly different from last year. The prompts can be found here. In addition to these prompts, most colleges have supplement essays (required or optional) available to the applicant to complete. Each college deadline is different, and seniors applying to many schools will have to keep a calendar handy with all the deadlines for applications and scholarships.

This journey will be incredibly exhausting, frustrating at times, but very rewarding at the end. Or so I hope! I’ll be going through it with my fellow seniors, and I will be updating you with the latest information about the application process. It’ll be a whirlwind of a ride, but I  look forward to it, and I hope you do!

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