Getting organized is the first step to getting accepted to the college of your dreams and earning the scholarships to pay for it. This essential step will ensure that your college or scholarship applications are complete – that nothing is forgotten or missed.
The College Readiness Tracking System was designed specifically to help you prepare for the application process without any stress! It ensures your applications are complete and it saves time!
It’s also essential to create a College Readiness Storage Container. Yes, we live in a digital world, but you will need physical copies of letters of recommendation, resumes, cover letters, and other application documents.
So you’re probably wondering, if getting organized is just the first step, what’s the second?
Well, to answer this, we first need to answer a more important question.
What is the ultimate purpose of an application?
Here are some answers we often hear from parents and students:
- Get accepted
- Set yourself apart from other applicants
- Paint a picture of who you are
- Tell them why they should pick you
- Demonstrate you deserve the scholarship
These are all correct, but ultimately, an application really has one job and that is to answer the reviewer’s questions. The tricky part is that they might have several questions. When they read through your application, they may want to know:
- Why should we pick you over another applicant?
- How did you make a positive impact on your community?
- What have you done over the last four years?
- How did you spend your free time in high school?
- What makes you unique?
- What value would you add to our college or university?
- Why do you deserve this scholarship?
So, how do you do that? How can you clearly demonstrate who you are and what sets you apart? How can you know that your application is doing its job to the fullest?
The answer is dedication, depth and distinction. In the next 3 activities, you will learn more about each of these and how they relate to college and scholarship applications.
Note: The activities were designed for the student to complete; however, it will be helpful for you to talk to friends and family if you get stuck.
No assignment this lecture, move on to the activities when you are ready to complete them.