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The college application process just got easier
By Michelle Toglia
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Photo by: Skip Odonnell/ Istock

Applying to college can be a nightmare. There’s so much to think about, choose from, and worry about. Fear no more, CosmoGirl readers! Meet Dr. Katherine Cohen, founder of ApplyWise LLC, an online college admissions guidance center. She can make your college application less painful and exceptionally organized. Learn more about the ApplyWise Program.

Get Back to School and Get In to College
By Dr. Kat Cohen, CEO of ApplyWise.com

1. Ace those tests
Schedule your standardized tests (try to take them twice, if you can), and study up! Now that school’s back in session and you’ve got all that sunbathing out of your system, you’ll be able to motivate yourself to go through those practice tests and vocab cards.

2. Make friends with teachers
You don’t have to sit with them at lunch, but remember that at least two of your teachers will be writing your recommendations. Forge good relationships—stay active in class discussions and keep them posted on your extracurricular activities and achievements. The better they know you, the more praise they can bestow.

3. Manage your time
Winning essays weren’t written in a weekend: brainstorming, drafting, editing, and sharing your work can take months. Leave yourself plenty of time to work on your essays, even if it means TIVO-ing a few season premieres. A fat envelope in the spring will be worth it.

4. Study your schools
The best applicants know their top choices—the name of the library, where students hang out for coffee after class, professors in departments that they’re interested in. Go beyond the basics of class size and location and find out what makes your school special. The extra effort will shine through in your application.

5. Challenge yourself
If you love science, take the hardest science classes offered at your school. If writing’s your thing, freelance for a local newspaper. Go above and beyond; show you’re not afraid to be passionate and take risks. That’s one that won’t just get you into college, but get you through life.

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