Don’t underestimate how much time all of this is going to take.

And then that leads on to the sort of related question, how many colleges and universities are you going to apply to? And therefore how many essays will you need to write.

Some students apply to, in my opinion, too many US colleges, and they find themselves stuck in this situation where they have to produce a very large number of essays. This is, as I’ve said, very time consuming. I’ve often heard the comment from our students that it was a bit like taking an extra IB subject in terms of the time and the input needed to produce college essays. So take a moment, think about all of this, and start early, you should really be starting to write your college essays during the summer – summer vacation between grade 11 and grade 12.