August College Guy Rant: Start your Common Application Now!

Hey class of 2015,
 
Much like Steve Martin’s inane character Navin R. Johnson in his 1979 movie “The Jerk”, who runs pell mell down the street upon seeing his name in print for the first time as a homeowner, declaring to anyone within earshot:
 
“The New Phonebook is Here! THE NEW PHONEBOOK IS HERE!!!!”
 
…I find myself filled with excitement and a desire to pronounce to all near and far, whether they give a plugged nickel about it or not: “THE NEW COMMON APPLICATION IS HERE!!”
 
This is the second year for the brand spanking new, user friendlier Common Application, and you can now access, register for free, and – wonder of wonders – begin filling out what will become (for most of your colleges) your bona fide, actual college application!!!
 
So join in my excitement (yeah, I’m a nerd, no question!) and go to this web site:
 
www.commonapp.org
 
and click on the “create an account” link, register and get your college applications started!!
 
Note that they need numbers, letters (one capital, one lower case) and a symbol (!@#$%^&*) in your eight to sixteen character password. Make sure you write down your password (and don’t be too cute – you don’t want to lose it!).
 
After you’re registered go to the “College Search” link and type in the name – or partial name – of a college from your top 10 list and hit “search”.
 
Click the box next to the correct school that shows up and then click “Add”.
 
Do this for every school on your list (don’t be exclusive at this stage – you can add and remove schools freely over the next five months) and then go to your ‘Dashboard’ and voila, there’s your college list!
 
Now begin filling out the common application. Note that with the exception of the writing and activities sections, all the other sections are easily completed. 
 
So there you have your next assignment campers: register and then fill out the “Profile”, “Family”, “Education” and “Testing” sections of the common application! This is exciting!!! You’re really doing it!!!!!!
 
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For those of you planning to take the October 11th SAT, don’t forget to use
my eight week self-prep system to prepare. Costs you nothing but the cost of
this book:
 
http://www.amazon.com/The-Official-SAT-Study-Guide/dp/0874478529
 
(if you want it with the DVD - which you don't really need - check here):
 
https://store.collegeboard.org/sto/productdetail.do?track=satsite&Itemke...9799
 
Which most of you already have. I sent an email last March explaining the system. If you want to see it again let me know and I’ll resend it to you.
 
Note bene: The start point (T minus 8 weeks) for the October test date is August 18. If you’re going to wait till the Nov. 8th test date to retake the SAT Reasoning test, the start point for my self-prep system is September 15.
 
If any of the above has you confused, if you're still struggling to get going on your essays, resume, list of colleges, or despondency over the Red Sox self-demolition, give me a call or email and we'll chat. This time of year I'm about helping students organize their ‘to do’ list for the remainder of the summer and the fall.
 
And remember to relax, it’s summer vacation! Enjoy yourself!
 
From Gary, your College Guy!
 
P.S. As always, feel free to forward this email to other rising seniors and their parents, or send me names/email addresses of folks whom you think would benefit from reading my rants. IMHO there's not enough good, coherent information out there.
 
P.P.S. If you'd rather not receive these semi-occasional missives, let me know, and you won't!
 
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Gary L. Canter, M.S. Ed.
College Placement Services
210 St. John Street
Portland, Maine 04104
(207) 772-9711
gcanter1@maine.rr.com
www.collegeplacementservices.org
 
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and financial aid process.