As I sit here typing this blog post (a few days late), I started to think about one of the biggest things that can hinder the admission and scholarship process for students. I talk with students all of the time that want to know what they can do to enhance their status in admission, with a coaching staff, with a performing/visual arts admission process, or a scholarship competition. There is one central theme that I tell them regarding all of these areas. Do things in a timely manner. If an admission office, coach, or fine arts department asks you to complete a task, please do so in prompt fashion. This speaks volumes to what these departments can expect from a student once they are on campus. It is a very simple concept, but one that is often overlooked. As you are navigating the college decision process, I encourage you to complete the following simple steps:
- Determine the colleges in which you are interested.
- Make a spreadsheet listing all of the institutions.
- List all admission dates and deadlines.
- List all scholarship dates and deadlines.
- Make a listing of anything requested, and the date it is needed.
- Complete anything needed at least 10 days prior to the due date or deadline (This allows the departments to inform you of any missing items prior to the deadline)
This is not a list that encompasses everything that may be needed in the journey, but these general guidelines will simplify the process and lower anxiety (as much as possible). If you do these things early, it will keep you from missing deadlines due to last minute obligations. I speak from personal experience, as I missed this deadline by two days due to a last minute conference and our most recent two day visit experience at Anderson University!