There is the rare teenager who is compulsively organized with a daily to-do list, color coded folders, and bookshelves that are more organized than a library using the dewey decimal system. The majority of teens, however, don’t exactly embody this level of organization. Most teens exist in a world that can best be characterized as organized chaos.
Why do most teenagers have such a hard time staying organized? Is organization a developmental milestone that doesn’t really manifest itself until adulthood? Do teens simply have higher priorities than organizing homework papers or putting clothes away? When it comes to applying to college, it doesn’t much matter why you’re not more organized, what matters is that you find a way to make it through the college admission and financial aid application processes without missing a requirement or a deadline, which is not always easy.
Consider a student who applies for admission and financial aid to 7 selective four-year schools. This student can have close to 100 tasks to complete in order to have submitted all of the required tasks. Whether it is requesting that your high school transcript be sent to colleges, essays that need to be written, recommendation letters that must be requested, standardized test scores that must be released, or financial aid forms that must be submitted, all before very strict deadlines, keeping track of all of these requirements and deadlines can be a challenge, at best. The college application process can be a nightmare for even the most organized families, and often nagging and tension result.
Creating a spreadsheet for the various requirements and deadlines is a great idea, but you will first have to scour each college’s website to determine the precise requirements and deadlines, keeping in mind that no two college websites display information in exactly the same way, so prior to creating your spreadsheet, you have to go on a treasure hunt of sorts.
College Application Wizard is a web-based tool that allows you to see the admissions and financial aid requirements for up to 15 colleges of your choice. College Application Wizard was created by two college admission and financial aid professionals who understand the challenges of navigating this challenging process. “Students should be able to focus on the substance of their applications, not on trying to find and organize all of the missing pieces” said Kelly Herrington, a College App Wizard co-founder.
College Application Wizard
allows students to track the requirements of one college for free. Tracking the requirements for up to 15 college costs $9.98 when you enter the code PETERSONS at checkout.