Three Ways to Stay Organized During the College Admissions Process
Between choosing a college and the part where you are actually accepted into a college, there’s a whole lot of work involved. But don’t worry–it all pays off in the end!
Get organized, stay on track, and keep tabs on all of your college-finding research so you can spend more time on college applications and less time hunting down which school had the fabulous living and learning community.
Getting into College: Organization Matters
If you’ve done a lot of research online, you probably have a whole lot of websites through which you’ve hunted! You need to get organized. Use the bookmarking option on your browser and create separate folders for your different needs, like “financial aid” or “dream schools.” You might want to consider using a free website like Evernote or Springpad. This way, you won’t forget where you found that school with the amazing dorm rooms or what school had the most interesting cafeteria options!
Dust off that filing cabinet and get those manila file folders handy! Sometimes, the easiest way to stay on top of things is hands-on. You’ll receive a lot of brochures and fliers–and if you head to a college fair or two, you can expect to come home with loads more! To start with, only save those brochures for schools you can actually see yourself attending. If you have no desire to attend a school out of state, then you probably don’t need to hang onto things you won’t even use. Otherwise, you can divide the folders up by school name or by location or even whether it’s your reach school, your in-the-middle school, or your safety school.
Put your smartphone to good use by using school related applications like iHomework for iPhone or School Helper for Android, or Any.do for both! You can take notes and put in approaching deadlines. Consider using apps like Evernote or Springpad that can help you sync your information across all of your platforms. There’s a lot of bookmarking websites out there so find one you like, download the app to go with it, and easily keep your online searches organized.
Organize Your College Info
The key to all of this is to use a system that works for you! If you are working on researching colleges online, take advantage of tags and folders. If you are using offline methods like file folders, think about the way you usually work and what labels or methods will work best for you!
We’ve got more help on the way! Stay tuned for ways to use your smartphone to help you prepare for the SAT and ACT test! How cool is that?