All the admissions officers we've met are good people who
would much rather admit than deny kids. But during the pressures of admissions
season, some applicants' actions can drive the admissions folks crazy. Here are
five tips to make sure you don't inadvertently hurt your case.
1. Follow directions.
You can avoid most common mistakes in college applications by reading and following
the directions. For example, if a college asks you to list your
activities in the space provided, and you send them a resume instead, you just
showed them that you couldn’t follow a pretty simple direction. So read
the directions and do exactly as they instruct you to do. No matter how much
you think you might be helping your case by doing things your own way, you’re
always better served following directions.