As September draws to a close, you can almost feel the tension rising among high school seniors. You can see it in their tweets and not so subtle posts on Tumblr; the realization that college is around the corner has hit them smack in the face. Most were wise and starting preparing for this months ago, visiting colleges and narrowing down their lists to a reasonable stack of three to seven potential campuses, but many have just now started to take the process seriously. The next few months are critical, especially for those who plan to apply for either early action or early decision, but knowing ‘what NOT to do’ is often just as important as knowing what to do. If you are a senior and starting the college application process, take a look at these five common mistakes many students make when applying to colleges.