How can you help your child de-stress as they accomplish this critical activity?
- Plan your work – Make sure you have a calendar in hand to map out the application into steps to make the process more achievable and less daunting. Set the date/time for actions, including application deadlines. Schedule all targeted school applications. Identify which schools use the Common App or Coalition App or another application to sort your tasks in related application methods. Identify proofreaders for step 5 and put them on the schedule.
- Build a resume – Key aspects of your resume are readily used on a college application. Consider work experience, projects you completed, papers written, course work accomplished, volunteering, etc.
- Maintain a portfolio – Keep a document or folder on all activities, awards, and recognition you have received, in order to best organize which ones would be best for certain application questions.
- Work your plan – Commit to meeting the milestones of your action plan (1) and reward yourself for keeping on track. Once you’ve completed one application, reward yourself again. The following applications are typically much easier as you have most of the elements repeated.
- Review & Proof – Always check your application for errors/consistency and engage your list of proof readers to ensure a “second set of eyes” has reviewed each of your college applications before submittal