You’re back in school. In addition to getting to know your teachers and finding your way through your assignments and after school commitments, you may be (or should consider) thinking about what you can do to move your college bound process forward. Here are a few things to do now:
Schedule a meeting with your guidance counselor or college counselor. Seniors, plan to talk about any additional standardized testing you want to schedule, go through the schools you’re considering and finalize your list with your counselor. Juniors, this fall is the perfect time meet with your guidance counselor to get better acquainted.
Set up a new email account. Use this email exclusively for your college search and application process. Choose an email address that is straight forward, appropriate and easy to read, as this is the account you’ll be using to communicate with admissions and financial aid officers.
Save your work. Get into the habit of saving your application work as well as important school assignments and papers by using a back-up device, such as a USB or online storage.
Get organized. Using charts or lists, keep track of all the user names and passwords you set up throughout the college process. Jot down your social security number too. Once you begin registering for standardized tests, keep a list of dates, registration deadlines and locations you scheduled. You will need to create another list to keep track of your scores. Have all these lists in one place for safe keeping and easy access.