Hundreds of colleges, entrance exams and a bunch of other requirements, deciding the suitable college for graduation is a daunting task. There’s no denying that. But it’s important to take a leap of faith and start from somewhere. There’re a lot of factors to be considered while choosing a college. Since you’re about to spend a significant amount of time at this place, you might find yourself under pressure to make the right decision. A lot of people might have already lectured you point by point as to what you should do in the process. Here we’re going to tell you about certain things you shouldn’t do! These common mistakes must be avoided at any cost while applying for admissions.
1. Rushing through research :
One should carry out thorough research while browsing for colleges. Dig for details about the scholarships offered, academic facilities, campus as a whole and the quality of the faculty. The location, climate, living conditions and expenses should also be looked upon. Don’t let your laziness get in the way during this process, because it’s crucial. You can’t afford to miss out any important detail or opportunity because you didn’t pay attention and finalised the decision without putting much thought.
2. Consulting the wrong people :
Taking the time to consult the right kind of people for opinion is important. Other than random relatives, friends and acquaintances, approach lecturers and professionals who you know might be able to give sound advice. Also, check up on the contact details of the college in the official website, make calls to the office, clear your queries regarding the admission and the academics. Listen to everybody’s opinion, but prioritize them according to the expertise of the source.
3. The tendency to procrastinate:
Every college has their own timeline for accepting applications and passing them on to the further stages. Your tendency to procrastinate will lead to a clash with the dates and you wouldn’t stand a chance to join the college you desire. Do not keep anything for the last minute. Soon after researching and shortlisting colleges, start applying for your dream colleges right away. Some colleges have tiresome and time consuming processes which demand a lot more time than usual. To avoid panicking in the end, get the work done on or before time.
4. Not submitting the right documents:
Recheck the documents before the actual submission. At times, submission of the wrong documents lead to cancellation of student application and rejection of admission. Read the guidelines carefully, understand the certificates being demanded by the institution. Most of the colleges demand your educational certificates, bank receipts of the application fee, the application form etc. Whenever you visit colleges for admission purposes, it’s always advisable to carry necessary documents beforehand.
5. Filling the form carelessly :
We grew up hearing the phrase, ‘ Patience is the key to success’. It’s the motto to live by. Remain patient. A wrong detail might sabotage the entire admission procedure. Read all the instructions given in the forms prior to filling them. Invest time to carefully fill the forms without missing any information and avoiding possible mistakes. Once you finish the entire form, go through it once or twice and proofread the information. There’s no room for mistakes when it comes to such opportunities.
Once submitted, patiently wait for the ongoing process. Some students have colleges they have been dreaming of since forever, so they tend to apply only in that single college hoping for the best. If you belong to that category, we’d suggest you apply for a few other colleges, not merely one. We’re not living in an ideal world, situations might arise which may not align with your plans. Our job is to stay prepared for all the possible outcomes.