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The College Helper: Snap Aps

posted Nov 30, 2010, 9:25 PM by Glenda Durano   [ updated Dec 17, 2010, 3:30 PM ]
If you're feeling under the gun and have received some "express applications" or "snap aps" for colleges, slow down. The fact that you're running behind in the college application process doesn't mean you have to take a shortcut!  In fact, it means exactly the opposite. While express applications are genuine college applications, they are used primarily for the purpose of raising the number of applications to a college so that a college can appear more selective. "Snap aps" ask for less information, making it easier for the applicant to apply to college, however, as you may already know, easier isn't always better...especially if it's a way of cutting corners (which is exactly what an express application is).  If you're behind the power curve in your college applications, reassess your priorities and improve your time management.  Apply to your first choices immediately with a full application.  List all your worthwhile activities; write a great essay; submit strong letters of recommendation, high test scores and an excellent transcript--and really let those universities know who you are. Because you've missed the first deadline for most significant scholarships, your application is going to have to be exceptional to warrant merit-based aid. Instead of kicking yourself for procrastinating, learn your lesson and move ahead. If you make your application sparkle, you could still receive some merit aid.  In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul urges believers to "excel in everything."  That includes your college application.  If you weren't diligent in the past, be diligent now. Don't take a shortcut.  Take responsibility!