Tools & Resources for your College Application
Completing college applications can be stressful and time consuming. You have to fill them out completely, you usually have to write an essay, you have to include a great deal of information, and you have to remember when all of them are due.
With the vast amount of technology available today, there are plenty of resources available to help make completing college applications less stressful.
Most colleges today have encompassed technology and have all of their admission information directly on their website. This includes everything from all the basic information you need in order to complete the application right down to either downloading the application or filling it out online. Schools also have links to counselors or department heads for you to contact if you have questions.
When you know which schools you want to apply to, make sure to visit their website and get a list of all the requirements and information you need to complete the application. The due date is also available on the website, so make sure to write this down so you know when your application is due.
One of the most stressful parts of completing college applications is remembering when the applications are due or when to sign up for financial aid/student loans. By implementing the use of an online or email calendar, you can be more organized.
Make sure to write down the dates everything is due, and if possible, set up alert reminders a week or two in advance. This way, if you see that a certain application is due in two weeks, you know you have two weeks to complete it. Using calendars will help you stay organized and alleviate the last-minute application process.
College Toolkit is a website dedicated to helping students find all the information they need for their post high school endeavors. This website will help match students to schools that offer their major and it will also help them find available scholarships or student loan information. This website also incorporates many online calculators to help students determine how much college will actually cost.
The MyCollegeCalendar website is an online admissions program to help parents and students go through the application processes. This site offers numerous tools as well as step-by-step instructions on how to complete college applications and student loan/financial aid information.
Though this resource don’t fall into the technology category, high school guidance counselors can be a great resource for college applications. They may be able to help you find scholarships, or they may be able to remind you when applications are due or how to create a thorough application. Make time to meet with your guidance counselor, and it could pay off in the end.
College is supposed to be an exciting time in one’s life, and it’s it supposed to plan them for the future. If you are truly determined to go to college, make sure to complete your applications as thoroughly as possible. Using these resources will help make the process less stressful and help you create an application that comes with an acceptance letter
Mark Weatherford is a high school english teacher and published author who enjoys writing in his spare time. He is an outspoken advocate for the use of a grammar checker and often encourages his students to use them to proof their work. He also enjoys helping his students edit their college entrance essays.