This one’s for all of you high school seniors out there! I’m not referring to Christmas in the title, but rather the opening of applications and open house season!
Here I am complaining about the stress of midterms (they ended up going alright, by the way!), while I almost forgot about what an exciting, and maybe stressful time this is for those of you applying to university. I remember how excited I was to get my OUAC pin and submit my applications. However, I also found it kind of difficult to narrow down exactly which programs to apply to, and to compose the best supplementary applications that I could.
Here is a quick list of my advice for the application season:
- Do your research: The internet is a great resource! Read about your potential programs, what you might do with that degree, the school itself, opportunities that you’re interested in, required courses and grades, etc. You may find it helpful to look at social media pages for the university and/or program as well. Tons of info for you about Waterloo can be found at https://uwaterloo.ca/find-out-more/. Engineering applicants may also like Prof. Bill Anderson’s blog, I found it very informative!
- Check out Open Houses: Lots of universities will be hosting open houses this month (ours is this Saturday!! More info here.) These days are a great way to check out campus and talk face-to-face with students and faculty. Can’t make it to open house? You can also book a campus tour, or participate in a shadow day, depending on your faculty.
- It’s okay to brag: Supplementary applications (such as Waterloo’s Admission Information Form) are your chance to talk about yourself. Tell them what makes you stand out, your passions, things you’re involved with, your goals. Set aside plenty of time and have people proofread your applications. It’s worth the effort!
- Take deep breaths: Trust me, I know it can be a stressful time. Try to focus on the excitement! Keep working hard, but don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the rest of high school. Before you know it, you’ll be on a whole new adventure. There are many resources to help you on your way.
Feel free to comment or message the blog anytime if you have any questions! Good luck!