Hey Class of 2020!
In a scene from Steve Martin’s 1979 movie “The Jerk”, his nebbish-y character Navin R. Johnson runs pell mell down the street upon seeing his name in print for the first time (in the phonebook), declaring to anyone within earshot:
“The New Phonebook is Here! THE NEW PHONEBOOK IS HERE!!!!”
Yeah, I’m a bit of a nebbish myself when it comes to this sort of stuff… every August 1st a brand spanking new Common Application comes out, and that means that you can – and should – access, register for free, and – wonder of wonders – begin filling out what will become (for many if not most of your colleges) your bona fide, actual college application!!!
So join in my excitement and go to this web site:
and click on the “Apply Now” link, register, follow directions and get your college applications started!!
Note that you need to include at least one number, letters (one capital, one lower case) and a symbol (!@#$%^&*) in your ten to sixteen character password. Make sure you write down your password (and don’t be too cute – you don’t want to lose it!).
After you are registered, go to the “College Search” link and type in the name – or partial name – of a college from your top 10 list and hit “search.” (You don’t need to fill in every blank – takes too long – just a partial name and you’ll be able to locate your school).
Click the box next to your college and then click “Add”.
Do this for every school on your list (don’t be exclusive at this stage – you can add and remove schools freely over the next five months) and then go to your ‘Dashboard’ and voila, there’s your college list!
Now begin filling out the common application. The sections are: “Profile” “Family” “Education” “Testing” “Activities” “Writing”
So there you have your next assignment campers: register and then fill out the “Profile”, “Family”, “Education”, “Testing” and “Activities” sections of the common application! This is exciting!!! You’re really doing it!!!!!!
Remember from my last rant that this is a great time to be writing your first and your second (extra…additional…icing on the cake…one for the Gipper) essays. You also should have (or be constructing) an academic / activity resume which you’ll find multiple uses for, which I’ll be sure to tell you about if you ask me.
If any of the above has you confused, if you’re still struggling to get going on your essays, resume, list of colleges, or if you just want to qvell with me about my Yankee’s amazing season (forget the killer B’s, we’ve got Mike Tauchman and DL LaMahieu!!!!), give me a call or email and we’ll chat. This time of year I’m about helping students organize their ‘to do’ list for the remainder of the summer and the fall.
And remember to relax, it’s summer vacation fer cryin’ out loud! Enjoy yourself!
From your erudite escort, your humorous homeboy, your perceptive preceptor, your confident confidante…
Gary, the College Guy