Texas Common Application

The Texas Common Application https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start. WBX is necessary to complete if you are trying to attend a Texas College or University.  Each state, as well as some private schools, have their own application forms.  The benefit of using the common application is that you can see what you need to work on years before your child has to apply.  Another benefit is you can work on the application a little at a time, save it and continue working on it later. This application makes it so much easier than doing different applications for each school.

The Texas Common Application includes several sections. I recommend printing a copy and working on it mentally or doing a simple draft first before starting the application.  The beginning sections ask the typical information so I will begin with the sections that are more time consuming and take years of extracurricular activity to complete. Be sure to save everything you do in Word on your computer and print a copy for later. You just never know ! Part II  – Activities and the Essays sections are really the vital sections.  This is where the college gets a chance to learn more about the student! Believe it or not, extracurricular activities are worth about 60% when schools make admissions decisions. Academics are important but most students have that, they are looking for well-rounded students who can be independent and keep pace with a busy collegiate lifestyle.  Be sure to include everything!  If a school states that you can add more pages of information, do so!  The student is competing for a slot of admission and it is very competitive!  With the essays, be sure to fill out all of them even if they ask for 2 out of 3.  The more they know about your child, the more likely they will admit your child. Remember, an essay is how your child expresses who they are!  Your child needs to write with a theme, using quotes, and stories.  Make the essay interesting and unique!  Have numerous people edit the essay.  Spelling and grammatical errors are not tolerated!!!

Good luck and “Remember to take it by the inch, it’s a cinch.  Take it by the yard it is mighty hard!!”

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