For many high school seniors and their parents, the college application process can be complicated, intimidating and the subject of a lot of misinformation. With the volume of information out there about college applications, financial aid, scholarships and admission requirements, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.
However, most of the more persistent falsehoods about college applications can be countered with a little common sense. According to Buffalo News, the first thing both you and your parents should be aware of is that there is no such thing as the perfect school. Sure, some colleges may have a better program and others may be more affordable, but there will always be trade-offs. Investigate what's really important to you before using a college search engine to come up with a list of potential schools.
Another common misconception is that the college application process is something that is left purely to chance, and that applicants have little or no control over it. However, this isn't the case. According to the Mercury News, college applicants can improve their chances by spending more time answering essay questions. The news source suggests that you write in your own voice, and that you shouldn't use words you wouldn't use normally. Finding a balance between confidence and arrogance is also important – be proud of your accomplishments, but a little modesty can go a long way.