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5 Things NOT to Do When Applying to College

Categories: Admissions Advice

Who knows? Maybe Adam Wheeler would’ve cemented himself into an Ivy Leave legend had he actually been able to skate through a Harvard education without getting caught for committing student fraud.

Wheeler was kicked out of Harvard in 2009 when authorities discovered that he had fabricated most of the transfer application that earned him acceptance to Harvard and $50,000 in scholarships. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail and 10 years on probation for identity fraud and other charges. You think Wheeler would’ve learned his lesson, but, he hasn’t quite yet.

Wheeler’s missteps are unfortunate for the name of higher education, but that doesn’t mean we can’t squeeze some lesson juice out of this. So here are 5 things you should NOT do when you’re applying to college:

1. Cheat on the SAT or ACT
From what we know, Wheeler didn’t cheat on the SAT or ACT, but six students were recently arrested last September for hiring a greedy brainiac to take the tests for them. Let me just note here that colleges do not like cheaters.

2. Fake your transcripts
Try to avoid tampering with your transcript. And by ‘try’, we mean ‘don’t ever’ tamper with your transcript. It reads less “straight A’s” and more “criminal”.

3. Tell admissions you went to a school that you didn’t
Here’s a good one that everyone should know–if only someone had told Wheeler. Do not put schools on your applications that you did not actually go to. Sure, maybe Wheeler got a little confused amid all the applications he was filling out.

So here’s a way to double check if the schools you put on your application were actually schools you attended: Just ask yourself, “Did I go here?” If the answer is ‘Yes’, then keep it on. If the answer is ‘No’, then you need to read directions better.

4. Go to jail for committing student fraud
This one’s hard to avoid if you’re committing student fraud. So the easiest way to avoid this is to just not lie on your transcript and application.

5. Violate your probation by citing a university on your resume that you did not actually attend
This is a tricky one. Maybe that’s why Wheeler wasn’t able to follow it. But basically, if you get in trouble for committing student fraud, and the judge–you know, the important person with the gavel–tells you that the one thing you cannot do while on probation is lie again about your education, then you should listen. That means do not put the university you were expelled from for student fraud on your job resume.

These tips are not too hard to follow. If you want your application to look better, work harder. Leave a comment below.

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What Students Can Learn from Steve Jobs’ Legacy

The passing of Apple co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, sheds light on the unquestionable impact he’s had on how people see the world–he basically handed it to us at our fingertips.

He was a game-changer, an innovator, a risk-taker, and a genius, and there’s a lot that students can learn from his legacy:

1. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life
Jobs said it best in his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University:

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Find something you love to do, that you’re passionate about, and get good at it. It’s easy to get caught up in the rat race. Live your life.

2. Stay hungry
As you work your way through high school, onto college, and graduate into the real world, do not lose what drove you in the first place. If you lose motivation, whether it’s while writing your dissertation or working your 9-5, get back to the marrow of it. What gets your wheels moving?

3. Simplify
Much of the beauty of Apple products is in their simplicity.

That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end, because once you get there, you can move mountains.  – Business Week, 1998

This applies to so much as a student–essays, scheduling, studying.

4. Keep your standards unexpectedly high
Challenge people’s notions of what they can expect from you.

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

Whether it’s your after school job, the extra time you spend on the track, or the details you include in a research paper, surprise people of what you’re capable of working for.

5. Stay foolish
The way you see the world might not be the mainstream, but maybe they just haven’t tried on your glasses yet.

It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them. 

What have you learned from Steve Jobs’ legacy?

Pros and Cons of Following Your High School Sweetheart to College

Here’s a story my mom told me:

Bobby and Betty Ann were THE COUPLE. Like, all of CutiePatootieville just thought that they were the bee’s knees and would be together forever. Senior year of high school was flying by, and Bobby and Betty had to decide what their next move would be.

See, Bobby wanted to be an astronaut. And there was only one school in the entire nation that offered a bachelors in astronaut.

Betty Ann wanted to be a crocodile hunter–don’t let the polka-dot purple dress or the rosy red cheeks fool you–Betty was a beast when it came to Australian wetlands. But, there was only one school in the entire nation that offered that degree and it was NOT the same school that offered Bobby’s dream.

So the couple compromised and went to State where they were both so unfulfilled that they broke up, individually wound up in prison for robbing banks (what a crazy coincidence!), and to this day dream about space and crocodiles–just look at their tattoos!

Anywho, that’s a true story. People warn against following your high school sweetheart to college all the time, and people ignore it alll the time.

So, I thought it’d be the best idea ever to draw out the pros and cons of this situation. If you have others, please leave a comment in the field below!


Something familiar
Going off to college is akin to moving into an alien civilization on Mars. There are new maps to figure out, new people to remember, a totally new academic language to translate…I can go on forever. Having your dude/dudette there to commiserate with you and/or hold your hand while growing accustom to the Martian culture can be very helpful in your transition.

He/She can introduce you to knew people
“Betty, meet Betty. Isn’t that funny? You two have the same name! You’ll probably wind up being best friends!” 

Sometimes having your Bobby introduce you to a couple people winds up being so much easier than actually doing the bulk of the work yourself!

Avoid the long distance relationship
Sure, Skype is amazing. But, when you need that shoulder to cry on, you will destroy your computer if you get too much salty water on it.

College advice
If your boyfriend/girlfriend has already gone to college a year ahead of you, then they are basically a gold mine of information. Use them!!!

 Getting to be with your boyfriend/girlfriend


Living in their shadow
Getting to college after your boyfriend/girlfriend has been there a school year often means that you’ll be following them around like a puppy dog for an undisclosed amount of time. Unless you’re comfortable constantly standing behind your boyfriend/girlfriend’s shoulder nodding your head as if you’re included in the conversation with his friend that you’re actually not included in, then be weary of a life in the shadows.

Not making decisions based on your needs
Following your sweetheart to college illustrates how much you are willing to sacrifice for that person. It could lead to making choices that actually hurt your goals and dreams.

Straying from academics
If you follow your sweetheart to college, they obviously take a priority in your life. Maybe even ahead of why you’re at college in the first place.

Stalled independence
Being in a relationship from high school to college with the same person can stunt your growth as an individual. A little single life where you make your own decisions for your future will make you stronger to stand on your own.