Hey everyone. My name is Josie Francois and I am a junior at Harvard College studying Chemistry with a secondary in Economics. I’ve been a tutor for HSA for a few years now and I really enjoy the opportunity to help students improve their performance, whether in class or on standardized tests.
Today I’m going to give some tips on how to stay organized during the college application process. I know how crazy it can get keeping track of deadlines and materials for college and scholarship applications, especially if you are applying to a lot of schools or scholarships. I recommend using spreadsheets to stay organized. When I was applying to colleges, spreadsheets helped me maintain my sanity. I recommend making a spreadsheet of all the schools you are applying to, the application requirements, and all relevant due dates. As you complete application requirements, check them off on your spreadsheet or make a note of it. That way you can easily keep track of what you have finished and what you have left to do. At the very least, the spreadsheet will keep you aware of deadlines because the last thing you want to do is miss a deadline or write an essay a few hours before its due.
You should make your spreadsheet as soon as possible since it will force you to research schools, application requirements, and deadlines. At the very least, you should have all the information you need about applying before the start of senior year, or the fall of the year you’re applying. As the application cycle progresses, you should keep your spreadsheet updated with any new information and use it to keep track of your progress.