Class of '15 Workshop

Class of '15 Workshop

CLASS OF 18 WORKSHOP Guide to the Common Application & Best Practices for Your Essay THE COMMON APPLICATION One uniform common application that

can be used to apply to multiple schools. Over 700 common app members in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Typically, almost 1 million students use the Common Application to submit about 4

million applications each year. www.CommonApp.org www.CommonApp.org Rollover The Common Application

Refresh Starts July 24th. Beginning Monday July 24, the 2017-2018 Common App will take a short break and be back online and ready for students on Tuesday, August 1st. COMMON APPLICATION ACCOUNT

Use your legal name during your Account Creation Youll be able to provide a preferred name/nickname later Check the box indicating you give permission to colleges and universities youve added to My

Colleges List Allows them to communicate with you prior to application submission Deadline reminders

Scholarship opportunities Other college admission information

Mailing address Address where college related materials are sent WELCOME TO THE COMMON APP

TABS HELP STUDENTS NAVIGATE THE PROCESS LEFT NAVIGATION MENU DISPLAYS MAIN PAGES WITHIN THE COMMON APP Each page contains several sections but displays ONLY

ONE at a time Help Center displays articles relevant to the task at hand HOW YOU RESPOND PROMPTS NEW QUESTIONS

CONTINUE WORKING THROUGH EACH SECTION TESTING PAGE IS DRIVEN BY WHAT YOU WISH TO REPORT TESTING PAGE IS DRIVEN BY WHAT YOU WISH TO REPORT

CHANGE / EDIT - TESTING PAGE Student can return to the testing page and change testing response to No, I do not wish to self-report OR Keep the response as Yes but elect to

report a different set of tests. CHANGE / EDIT - TESTING PAGE Answering No or electing to report a different set of tests will hide but not erase any tests a student may have

entered previously Any tests/scores entered into a previously submitted application can be retrieved by changing the testing response back to Yes. CHANGE / EDIT - TESTING PAGE

Once an application is submitted, a student can return to the app and edit it for future submissions to other colleges. ACTIVITIES PAGE WRITING

WRITING The 2017-2018 essay prompts have been revised and changed from last year. 47% of applicants (last year) chose to write about their background, identity,

interest, or talent. WRITING 1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change] 2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be

fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised] 3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised] WRITING

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change] 5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and

a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised] WRITING 6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New] 7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be

one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New] WRITING Essay Prompt Background Problem Solved

Accomplishment Challenged belief Failures ESSAY WRITING

WHERE ARE YOU IN THE ESSAY WRITING PROCESS? I have an essay drafted I have no idea what to and want to be sure it is right for my

applications. I had to do an essay for English class. I know I need to write an essay but I am procrastinating because I dont like to write anyway.

write about. Not sure where I want to apply or what they may require. Not sure how to get an idea or get started. Not sure what types of

proof reading need to be done or who to ask. WELL BEGUN = HALF DONE Three starting points: try one, try all Descriptors with examples 2. Resonating Story 3. Backward Mapping

1. Use the Draft to get your ideas flowing &

the outline to ensure structure and organizati on.

Descriptors and Examples Resonating Story Draft / Outlin

e Backward Mapping DO BOTH AN OUTLINE AND A DRAFT IN EITHER ORDER. NEXT STEPS

First Edit Second Edit Third Edit What does this show about me?

Quality of thesis, flow and structure? Fix wordiness and/or find another example Apply the point system and have people "score" your essay. (include a grammar Nazi)

SCORE CARD Plusses Minuses Strong Record Careless Work

Good Fit Inaccuracy Contribution Bias

Focus Prestige Legacy Special Qualities Character CAN I TYPE MY ESSAY IN THE TEXT

BOX? Yes It is important to understand that when typing into the text box, the Common App system does not see this activity, and can timeout before you are finished (timeout occurs in one hour.) To prevent losing your work, it is recommended that

you type into a word processor and then paste into the applications text box when you are finished. REVIEW CHECKING YOUR STATUS FROM THE DASHBOARD

MY COLLEGES TAB TASKS SPECIFIC TO EACH COLLEGE COLLEGE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION

WRITING SUPPLEMENT MAY BE SUBMITTED AFTERWARD DEADLINES Caution! Deadlines are closer than they appear RECOMMENDERS

1) Make it personal 2) Provide teacher with Student Self- Assessment 3) Enter teacher information (name, email, etc.) 4) Follow up

RECOMMENDERS Assign them to your colleges RECOMMENDERS RECOMMENDERS New - students

can change their FERPA selection prior to recs being submitted PUSHING THE BUTTON Open the gate

Once you submit the common app Teacher recommendations if not included can catch up to your application Transcripts / Forms if not included can catch up to your application OK LETS GET STARTED

Information you will need Copy of high school transcript List of senior year courses School counselor name and contact information List of activities, work and family obligations Standardized test scores and dates Parent / guardian educational history and occupation /

employer information Sibling grade level and educational information PUSHING THE BUTTON Think before you click Check for spelling Check for meaning

FAQ Type of GPA Scale LHS School Code: 210501 To Waive or not to wave? HOT OFF THE PRESS (WEB) Scholar Snapp

Allows students to apply for a scholarship online and then automatically re-use that information for other scholarship applications. Common App Connection:

Students can opt-in to receive information directly from Scholar Snapp From the Scholar Snapp website Students choose to complete and submit their unique profile

information to multiple scholarship award programs. SCHOLAR SNAPP QUESTIONS? WWW.COMMONAPP.ORG

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