Taking Control Amidst the Uncertainty and Reduce Stress

Taking Control Amidst the Uncertainty and Reduce Stress

Applying to colleges can be a stressful process under the best circumstances. In 2020, with the education system turned on its ear, the admission process might seem near impossible. Standardized tests are canceled for the spring, high schools are closed, changing the dynamics of grades and extracurriculars, and colleges are shifting application requirements. From week to week, it can be hard to keep track of the changes. So, what’s a high school junior to do?

Focus on what you can control. Minimize your stress by focusing on the parts of the application process that you can affect. Here are some suggestions of things you can do now for your college applications.

  1. Start your Common App Essay. Haven’t started any college essays? Now is a great time. Look at the Common App essay topics – the personal statement has a choice of 7 prompts. Or look at the schools you are considering to find out if they require additional essays. You can view the essay requirements on the college profile in GuidedPath.
  2. Register for Senior Year Classes. We may not know what fall will bring in terms of in-person school. However, you want to have a challenging senior year schedule regardless. Your senior schedule may be doubly important if your school adopted pass/fail grades for this year.
  3. Study for Standardized Tests. Although spring SAT and ACT dates were canceled, and many colleges have adopted test-optional policies, odds are you may still need to take the SAT or ACT. ACT is planning to offer tests in June and July, while the earliest SAT is scheduled for August. Use this summer to do extra test prep especially if you will only be able to take the test one time.

Although it may feel like the admission process for the coming fall will be anything but normal, trust that colleges and admission officers are still looking for the same qualities – good students and good citizens. Getting a head start on parts of your college application will allow you to be more adaptable this fall as the process continues to develop.

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About KnowledgeWorx

Meet Nagla Orlando, M.Ed.

Nagla Orlando, KnowledgeWorx founder, has worked with a diverse group of students, assisting each in confidently engaging in the college application process. Nagla approaches the college application process as a 25-year veteran California credentialed educator in Science (Biology, AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology). In addition to teaching Nagla mentored thousands of students in interpersonal growth and leadership skills outside of the classroom. Nagla built KnowledgeWorx around her passion for helping students gain exposure to higher education and finding the best fit for students’ unique interests, abilities, personalities and goals.


With a singular focus, an engaging personality, and an intuitive ability to relate to students and parents, Nagla has the expertise to understand the individual, their needs and passions giving her the unique insight to objectively see each students strengths and potential.  Nagla helps you see yourself objectively rather than merely as a test score, GPA, or letter grade. When you are able to perceive yourself in this light you are able to communicate these attributes in your college application allowing an admissions officer to get a glimpse of your intellectual curiosity, tenacity, evidence of personal growth and excellence


Nagla’s Education and Professional Memberships:

California State University of Long Beach, BS, Human Health Science
California State University of Long Beach, Single Subject Teaching Credential
William Howard Taft University, M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction
University of California, San Diego, Certificate in College Counseling
National Association for College Admission Counseling
Western Association for College Admission Counseling
Higher Education Consultants Association
Independent Educational Consultants Association – Professional Member

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