What are the most significant, avoidable mistakes students make in the admissions process?
1) Writing a college essay without brainstorming some possible topics first; choosing a topic that doesn't reveal enough about you. 2) Thinking you can whip off a good essay in a day or so and not taking the time to perfect it. College essays take thought and the summer is a great time to start them. 3) Believing that rough drafts are not important and sending an essay in with obvious grammatical errors. Essays should be read over and checked to make sure each word counts.