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Defeat the deadline when applying for college

Excited for the future, Red Mountain senior Jazmin Park proudly holds her acceptance letter to Arizona State University. (Veronica Moraila/Special to MyNewsMesa.com)

With graduation approaching, seniors are beginning to look past high school and into their future. Filling out college applications may be one of the most stressful times in a student’s high school career, however, there are ways a student can prepare for the upcoming deadlines.

“Staying connected to the advisement office and College and Career News Bulletin can help let students know what is happening both on campus and in the greater community pertaining to the road to college,” College and Career Center Advisor Janine Willis said. “There are plenty of sites on the web that are very useful such as Big Future on Collegeboard and ACT.org, which often present webinars about lots of subjects that can educate students and their families about planning for college. You can search Google, YouTube or Twitter for college planning videos.”

Whether a student is applying in state or out of state, the deadlines will be posted on their college of choice’s website. There are also additional ways to be informed of college application deadlines on campus.

“Student applications for in state and out of state are relatively the same, except in-state schools typically do not require counselor/advisor recommendations,” Senior Advisor Laura Contreras said. “Students applying in state self-report their grades and current status. Most out-of-state colleges utilize the Common Application or SEND EDU, applications that can be filled out one time but sent to multiple colleges. These require recommendations and information from advisors.”

The application process ranges in difficulty. Some schools require essays and letters of reference, while others only require the online application.

“The application process was much easier than I anticipated, since it was my first time applying,” Red Mountain High School senior Jazmin Park said. “I applied to Arizona State University, so no essay was required.”

Although it is a lengthy process, applying early can benefit students by allowing them to hear back before others.

“I applied to the University of Arizona before the ‘Wildcat Promise’ deadline,” senior Kylie Fila said. “It was really nice because it meant I would hear back on or before Nov. 8.”

For more information, visit the College and Career Center or schedule an appointment with one of the student advisors.

– Veronica Moraila is a senior at Red Mountain High School in Mesa.

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