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Common App Prepares To Launch College Application Season

The Common App launches August 1. Are you ready to apply to college? College Connection is here for the "Ready, Set and Go!" 516-345-8766

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Will YOU be ready to apply to college?

The Common App Online (, the application most utilized by colleges and universities across the nation, will re-launch for the 2011-12 admissions season on August 1, 2011.

How prepared are you to select the colleges to which you will apply, complete that picture perfect application, supplements and all, ace your personal statement and supplemental essays, and put your best foot forward in this increasingly complex and competitive era of college admissions?

First step, preview the 2011-12 version of the Common App at Note the highlighted changes and revisions. Check out the various sections and begin to compile the information you will need to "fill in the blanks." Gather test scores, transcripts, activity sheets, and other records so you will have them at hand when needed. Compile names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for guidance counselors and teacher evaluators. And, of course, review -- and begin to give serious thought to -- the personal statement/essay options.

Seem daunting? Oh, this is only the beginning!

On the one hand, it can be nightmarish. So much to do. So little time. Where do I begin? Where will this all end?

On the other hand (which, by the way, is the hand we'd like you to use here :-), when you are organized, focused, and know exactly what you're looking for and where to find it, what to do and how to do it, the entire college application and admissions process (not to mention -- though we will -- the search for scholarships and financial aid) will not only be a breeze, it can be downright fun!

Which, of course, brings you to the next and, in our opinion, most critical step. Consult with your college coach, that independent college planning counselor who not only knows the ropes, but can show you the best way to climb them. [Ahem. Not to toot our own horn, but... have you looked into College Connection? Find us at]

From selecting and narrowing down that list of colleges that are "best" for you, to developing essays that truly convey who you are and what you can bring to the college campus, creating a matrix that is, yes, much more than your high school resume (which, by the way, is a must addition to your application these days), a college planning counselor -- or should we say, the right college planning counselor -- can make the college application and admissions process an enjoyable experience with a favorable outcome rather than a stressful, tedious, "cant wait until it's over" chore with disappointing results.

More than this, having the expert guidance and support of a professional college planning counselor along that long and winding road to college, could well be the difference between the thrill of acceptance and the agony of, well, you know.

Okay. So you've got your work cut out for you. The Common App awaits, as does, with proper planning and execution, acceptance to the college of your choice.

Ready. [Glance at that college planning calendar.] Set. [Read over that "To Do" list.] GO!

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