Sometimes it pays to take a few moments to collect yourself before diving into a task. Here are some ways you can prepare to apply for the Experimentory.
Five Tips When Applying to the Experimentory:
Take your time.
The first thing you’ll do when applying is create an account in our system. This allows you to save your progress and come back later. If you get part way through and realize you don’t have all the necessary information handy, or if you get interrupted, don’t start over from scratch later or rush your answers – save and return.
Be sure to complete the whole thing.
This tip balances #1. We won’t begin reviewing your application until all parts are in – the personal information, your free response questions, your recommendations, and your school information. Since we have rolling admissions, we’d hate to learn that the program filled up without our reading your application because you had forgotten to log back in with that missing bit of information.
Talk to your contacts ahead of time.
Our application requires two recommendations: one from an English teacher and a second from another teacher of your choice. We also require information from your school regarding your records. When you complete these sections of the application, our application system will send those teachers and administrators emails with links to their recommendation forms. Contact the teachers you’d like as references ahead of time and determine who at your school can provide school records - often it is someone in your Guidance Office or the school registrar. Ask their permission and availability, obtain their email address, and let them know to expect an email.
Back up your work!
This is a really just a good tip for life. Like any web-based form, your work can be interrupted when a connection fails, or someone kicks a cord from the wall, or a battery dies. We recommend that you write your answers to the free-response questions in a separate program so that if something happens you don’t lose your work and have to start over from scratch.
Relax - have fun – be yourself.
This isn’t a test or an interrogation – we just want to get to know you and see if our program is a good fit for your summer. You’ll be completing some creative response activities – an opportunity for us to see you flex your creative muscles. We’ve tried to make these fun and playful – so by all means play. There are no “right” answers to those questions, so go wherever your imagination takes you.
Ready to apply now?