College Bound Organizer

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Your comprehensive tool to organize every step of the college application process.
An essential guide to take along on your college visits!

This invaluable organizer will keep you on target and motivated. It's packed with worksheets, ...

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Overview

Your comprehensive tool to organize every step of the college application process.
An essential guide to take along on your college visits!

This invaluable organizer will keep you on target and motivated. It's packed with worksheets, lists, tips, and detailed instructions on how to:
•Build your resume
•Secure letters of recommendation
•Research schools
•Apply & interview on campus
•File for financial aid & compare aid packages
•Rank the pros & cons of colleges

"It's important to keep your mind on the big picture: which are the colleges that are best suited to help you to grow academically, socially, spiritually, and in every other way? Using The College Bound Organizer is one way to help you stay focused on what is really important."—Edward B. Fiske, bestselling author of Fiske Guide to Colleges

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"This "ultimate guide to successful college applications" presents a step-by-step approach to answering the question of "how do I make sense of and start the process?" Includes a foreword by Edward B. Fiske (Fiske Guide to Colleges), tips and worksheets for each step of the process from researching schools and gathering material for the student information form to applying for student aid, and advice from admissions professionals." - Book News Inc.

This "ultimate guide to successful college applications" presents a step-by-step approach to answering the question of "how do I make sense of and start the process?" Includes a foreword by Edward B. Fiske (Fiske Guide to Colleges), tips and worksheets for each step of the process from researching schools and gathering material for the student information form to applying for student aid, and advice from admissions professionals.

The College Bound Organizer is a well-conceived and executed guidebook for college-bound students and their families. Authors Costaras and Liss have created a fool-proof system for keeping track of the many details and deadlines that go along with applying to College.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402272080
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 231,126
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Introduction

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

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Things You'll Need to Get Started
Chapter 1: Fact Finding: All About You!

Student's Personal Information
Family Education Information
High School Information

Chapter 2: A Snapshot of Your High School Years:

Who Are You?
Clubs/Extracurricular Activities
Sports
Community Service
Awards
Competitions
Work Experience
Summer Experiences
Letters of Recommendation

Chapter 3: Testing A to Z: Track Your Scores

Standardized Test Schedule
Standardized Test Scores

Chapter 4: Researching Schools: Getting Acquainted

School Search: On-Campus Visit/Online Research
On-Campus Interviews
Off-Campus College Rep Meeting
Alumni Interview
Correspondence Journal

Chapter 5: Define Your Choices: You're Ready to Apply!

Folder Set-Up
Go-To Info
Mailing

Chapter 6: Paying the Bills: Show Me the Money!

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
Bound to Organize Worksheets
First Things First
Financial Aid Worksheet
Scholarship Log
Comparing Aid Packages

Chapter 7: The Home Stretch: You're Almost Done!

I Did My Job!
Am I In?
Should I/Shouldn't I?

Chapter 8: The Interviews: Conversations with College Admissions Officers
Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    An absolute must for any high school student and his or her pare

    An absolute must for any high school student and his or her parents!  I wish this book had been in print the first time I went through the college application process with my eldest child.  This guide consists of an A to Z compilation of what students must keep track of throughout their high school years.  It is truly a great resource because it provides a great way for staying on top of the process, keeping track of all the details and remaining organized. I highly recommend this book and suggest that it should be purchased when a student starts high school. I just purchased it for my 9th grader because it not only allows her to record her earliest achievements, club memberships and extracurricular commitments now but also gives her the opportunity to look at what she will need to do in the future.  Kudos to the authors for providing a resource that was missing from the market!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    I wish this book were published when I went through the process

    I wish this book were published when I went through the process for the first time!! It's a great tool to take with you to all college visits.
     What I really like was that it allows you to keep track of testing, passwords, recommendations and interviews. I used to misplace this stuff
    all the time. You will never miss a deadline with this organizer. A great resource and wonderful tool for all high school students who
    plan on applying to college!

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