To Grade 12 students, the process of applying for a college or university can be a complex and intimidating process. Keeping track of application deadlines, filling out the forms and meeting the academic requirements of each program requires time management and organizational skills. Here are a few practical tips for students:
Organize Your EnvironmentWhile a good portion of the application process for colleges and universities has become digitalized, there’s still hard copy documents and paperwork involved that can easily amass during the application process: forms, school records, recommendation letters, etc. It’s important to figure out a way to physically organize all the materials you have, whether it’s a file on your desk or on your computer.
Make a CalendarDeadlines come up quickly. If you don’t already use a calendar, you should get one instead of trying to keep track of all the important dates in your head. The calendar should be easily accessible, whether that means pinning a paper calendar to the wall or keeping it on your phone. A calendar might include:
- Application deadlines
- Financial aid deadlines
- Personal/internal deadlines (if you plan to get certain things done before an external deadline)