In 10 years, when I look back on the month of September 2006, I will remember it as the month my life belonged to various colleges. I had to put off reading for leisure, skip jogging, forget about a few chores, and give much of my free time to one difficult task: filling out college applications.
I’m not one of those students who apply to every Ivy League college, every other top college, and a few extra schools to round off their college list at 15. I’m applying to eight colleges, which is within the range you might hear admissions officers recommend. So I haven’t intentionally overwhelmed myself with applications.
Seven of the colleges I’m applying to take the Common Application. The Common Application instructions for 2006-2007 say, “The Common Application simplifies the college admission process by saving time and eliminating duplication of effort — copies of the Application for Undergraduate Admission can be sent to any of the participating college.