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I remember reading that an author should never reread their published work because chances are, they will find a typo in it. I guess that advice should apply to college applications too, because a couple days after submitting my UC Application, I noticed a typo in my extracurricular activities section.
Gasp. I literally just finished writing an Admit/ Deny post about how I didn’t want to rush my apps out of fear that I’d have a typo. And yet there it was, staring back at me on the computer screen, a typo.
Okay, I’m being a little bit dramatic. It’s not like I wrote “clam fart” on my application to Yale. I just left out a word in the description to one of my extracurriculars. It wasn’t even a big or important word. It was the word “of.” Instead of describing something as a “network of students” I called it a “network students.”
Now, as you can imagine, my heart dropped. I just submitted the application to one of my dream schools, and I made this silly error. But after doing some research, I found a lot of different articles and College Confidential threads that all came to the same consensus: one small typo like that is not going to be the deciding factor in whether or not I get into college.
So if you find yourself in the same situation I did, then here’s my consolation for you:
1. You probably checked over your application a few times before you sent it in. If the typo went over your head numerous times, after reading the application over and over again, chances are, it’ll go over an admissions officer’s head too.
2. You are not the only person to make a typo in a college application. Heck, the MIT Admissions Office even has a blog post all about the spelling errors they see on a yearly basis.
3. Chances are, you’re applying to other schools. If the typo was on the Common App, fix it and move on.
4. You are not defined by your typos. There are so many aspects of your application other than that typo—you have awesome extracurriculars, beautifully crafted essays, and an arsenal of teacher and counselor recommendations that will all cancel out whatever that silly typo is.
5. If you think it’s a big typo, you can always email the admissions office—most people will be very understanding and willing to help you. In some of the cases I found online, the admissions office even let them resubmit the application to replace the old one. You don’t know until you try, so if you’re truly afraid it’ll affect your chances of getting in, then contact someone.
So there. Is it unfortunate? Yes. But I’m over it. It reminded me to go over my Common App even more carefully, so something good did come out of it, I suppose (there were quite a few typos on my Common App, that thankfully were not on my UC App).
Speaking of the Common App, I’ve submitted that to a few schools too. But I’ve also removed two schools from my Common App, bringing the grand total of schools I’m applying to down to 15. Which is a healthy number, I think. My friend told me the other day that her list has 20 schools on it, not including UCs and the school she applied early decision to. So I’m glad I’m not in that situation.
So if I’m only applying to 15 schools, then I have 2 more applications left to submit. I didn’t realize how expensive applying to college was until recently. I guess a $50 to $70 fee doesn’t really sound like that much until you’re actually paying it—then it feels like a lot.
And all for what? I mean, I’m only going to end up at one of these colleges. So maybe I overdid it a bit, but hey, at least I’m not applying to over 20 colleges.
Anyway, by the time this post is published I will have taken my first two finals, and will be almost done with applying to colleges. Even though they say that the first semester of senior year is supposed to be the most stressful, I have to say it’s gone by extremely quick and despite all of the college apps stuff, it hasn’t been nearly as stressful as I’d expected.
My grades are somehow higher than they’ve ever been, and the work load is lower than it’s ever been. I finally have time to read and write for pleasure which is awesome—I haven’t done either of those during the school year since like eighth grade.
Obviously part of my relaxedness comes from doing so much college app stuff in the summer, but I think my classes are for the most part either easier or more enjoyable than classes I’ve taken in the past. I was definitely expecting this semester to be way harder—I was super stressed out in September. But I realized sometime in October that this semester has been nowhere near as stressful as junior and sophomore year were. I’m finally starting to enjoy school again—it’s kind of like kindergarten all over again, if that makes sense.
So this has been a good year so far. Let’s hope next semester is even better.
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