Getting ready to apply to college? Here are some do’s and don’ts.

Ahh, summer. Don’t you just love it? Sitting by the pool. Hanging out with your friends. Just having fun. Well, if you’re getting ready to apply to college, there are some things you should be doing right now.

Peter Van Buskirk, the college admissions insider, offers several suggestions to make your summer as productive as possible.

Do visit college campuses
Summer is a great time to visit campus, where you can talk with current students and professors, take a tour, and get more information on the school to help you decide if you’d like to spend the next four years there.

Do get to work on those applications

After all, they’re not going to fill themselves out. Pay particular attention to the essay part and begin thinking what you might want to write.  You might even want to heed some of these suggestions from admissions experts. And, this former high school senior offers some additional advice about writing those application essays.

Don’t try and be someone else.

Just be yourself. It may be tempting to try and make yourself look even greater to admissions officers than you already are. But, those people want to see the real you. Just be yourself.

Good luck.

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