Children of proactive parents started their senior year of high school last week with their college admission essays completed. They wrote them over the summer after they had done some college visits and narrowed down their college wish list to the colleges to which they will actually apply. Those students are now completing 2013 college admission applications that were all on line as of yesterday and will cut and paste the essays into the applications. By the end of this month, all of them will have their applications completed and ready to hit send for whatever admission deadline their admission strategy dictates.
High school seniors who are behind the power curve can still catch up. If they will quickly develop a working target college list, they can identify which essays they must write and get them done in time to have a counselor or English teacher do a review before early decision, early action and priority admission deadlines.
They key to success is to find a way to avoid resorting to an admission application cram session on Halloween in order to meet November 1 admission deadlines. Essays written in haste are likely to have less creativity and personal touches in them. Applications done under a deadline often have errors and omissions that can affect admission decisions.