Make a Game PlanSetting up a game plan positions you for success. It also consists of a lot of the little details you may not want to be bothered with later. When you implement an organization plan, all of the little details will fall into place more easily. You can do this by creating a timeline for yourself including when to research schools, a timetable of application deadlines and create a schedule of times you can set aside to work on applications, essays and obtaining letters of recommendation.
Designate an Email AddressStart organizing your plan for communicating with colleges. Create an email address that’s simple and professional – which means that you should nix email@example.com and go for a more professional address. You will be able to utilize this address to sign up and receive information regarding potential schools and, once you’re within the college admissions process, to communicate and apply to colleges.
Create a ScheduleCreating a college admissions and application process schedule will help you keep track of the various tasks at hand and, if followed, stay on track. Make sure to include the following items within your schedule: • Time to work on your college applications
• Time to work on admissions essays
• Drafting emails and/or letters requesting letters of recommendation
• Researching colleges of interest to determine the list of schools in which you'd like to apply
• Visiting colleges of interest
• Family discussions regarding your college budget and options, so you’re all on the same page
• Create college files to keep all of your obtained information on hand
• Create personal files to keep all of your application information easily accessible
• Fill out a calendar with important events like college fairs, tours, open houses and test date deadlines so you won’t miss important informational events
• Create a month-to-month goal list of items you’d like to accomplish