Today is a good day to set up your accounts and get familiar with the applications. Both applications will ask for a lot of simple demographic information such as your name, address, high school, etc. Fill all that out ASAP. Then you can concentrate for the next few weeks/months on the more detailed sections like the essays/insight questions and activities/awards. You will need your most recent transcript to complete the Academic History section. If you don’t have that, ask your counselor for a copy when school starts.
My #1 tip to reduce stress and anxiety around applications: do as much as you can during the summer. Work on the applications for a few hours each week and you will have a great head start before you head back to school. Imagine how fall semester senior year, with all of your AP/honors classes, fall sports, homecoming and other commitments, will feel if you have your applications almost complete well before the deadlines. Good!
I have a lot of confidence in you. You will tackle these applications, write amazing essays and show those admissions officers what a remarkable person you are.
I’m looking forward to working with you this fall!
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Saying that working with Liz Murphy was an absolute pleasure would be an understatement. Before walking into her office I was discouraged about my essays and getting into the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs I was interested in. Sitting in her seaside office calmed my nerves and allowed me to focus on producing strong essays instead of my doubts. Liz was encouraging, patient, and someone I felt comfortable working with. She was able to help me formulate my thoughts into concise, well-written, and strong essays that accurately showed graduate programs my potential. Her support and insights guided my writing into essays I was proud of. When I received my acceptance letter from the highest-ranking program, Liz was one of the first people I excitedly contacted. After working with Liz I felt confident about my essays and I know that I was accepted into top programs because of her help. I would gladly recommend her to applicants searching for a counselor who can both strengthen their applications and their self-confidence throughout the process. - Brianna B.