Congratulations, you're about to get started on an exciting adventure! Going to college is an amazing time in your life. There is much to look forward to: meeting your roommate, setting up your dorm room, attending sporting events, being independent, making new friends, and, of course, learning so many new things. You'll have exciting choices to make, from courses, to focus of study and professors to learn from. But first, you have to get there.
Welcome to The College Bound Organizer.
Organization is key to minimizing your (and your parents') stress and anxiety when applying to college. Organizing the college search and application process is essential because you also need to stay focused on academics, athletics, extracurricular commitments, jobs, family-all the interests, obligations, and activities that fill your day.
What do you need to organize? All the information and paperwork necessary to:
•COMPILE your personal profile
•SUBMIT your standardized test scores
•RESEARCH schools to identify your best fit
•COMPLETE your applications on time
•REVIEW your choices
•COMMIT to your school
You'll begin by defining who you are: your academic experience, extracurricular activities, athletics, community service, as well as relevant work and summer activities. Include recognition and awards. It took you years to accomplish all this, and you now have a few months to accurately and positively reflect on who you are and communicate this message. The College Bound Organizer helps you list, sort, and polish your accomplishments so they're ready to be reviewed by the admissions committees.
Soon, if not already, you'll be immersed in the standardized testing process. This guide includes sections for tracking test dates and locations, and recording scores to more easily help you decide which to submit.
Exploring your college and university options is the fun part of the application process. List possible choices and then become better acquainted with your options. Whether you visit, search online, and/or meet with representatives on or off campus, jot down your impressions in the section provided. It is also important to keep track of your correspondence and communications with representatives.
Seeking financial aid may seem daunting. First, you'll need to understand the task at hand. Online resources, school guidance counselors, and college financial aid officers offer a wealth of information to help you get started. Completing forms accurately and submitting them on time can increase your chances of securing the aid you require.
Finally, you're ready to apply!
You'll be instructed how to set up file folders, one for each school you apply to and three to hold miscellaneous application and financial aid materials. Your folders will include the Bound to Organize worksheets you've completed, information you have collected, and application materials you have created for each specific school.
Our system keeps you organized and focused along the way. You now hold everything you need to manage the massive amount of information you will be responsible for creating, requesting, and submitting, while meeting different deadlines for your applications.
Let's get started!
Anna and Gail