So much to do, so much to decide! – Does it ever end…!?
College essays, supplemental essays, college visits, summer reading lists, summer activities, deadlines, ACT/SAT prep, choosing your ‘best-fit’ college, early admission/early decisions, regular admission rounds or rolling admissions, major and career exploration, and the list goes on….
Try to relax, focus. strategize and then execute.
Do These 5 Thinks and Watch Your Life Feel Much More Manageable
1. Get Organized.
Journaling is a great way to get organized and stay organized. Take a few days to get all the ‘stuff’ you need to consider and accomplish out on paper. Create an agenda for yourself (how often, when, where, and how long) you will journal. – How to Journal Every Day for Increased Productivity, Clarity, and Mental Health https://youtu.be/hUTWo7_W0lc is a super resource for you to use.
2. Set Small S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
SMART goals can be used to clarify your ideas, focus your efforts, use your time and resources productively, and achieve what you want. Can you think of a small goal that you want to achieve right now? To make your goal S.M.A.R.T., it needs to conform to the following criteria: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. Use this “SMART Goals – Quick Overview” to get you started.
3. Gain Clarity – Practice Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a state of being attentive to and aware of what is taking place in the present. It’s not that mindfulness is the ‘answer’ to all life’s problems, instead, your to-do-lists and decisions can be seen more clearly through the lens of a clear mind.
Sometimes we just need to get out of our own head! The Mindful Movement offers a super guided meditation – https://tinyurl.com/y8ogu7vr for you to consider.
4. Get Informed.
Good information is key to making good sound decisions. And with the thousands of websites, books and blogs out there on college planning, it can get very overwhelming. Offered here are some valuable up-to-date resources that can be found here.
5. Ask For Help.
I get it – this college planning phase of your life can be very stressful. So much to do, so much information, and so many deadlines and decisions to make. With so much at stake, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Independent Educational Consultants help college-bound students navigate the college planning process.
To clarify any uncertainty, choose an educational consultant that is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Why choose a member of IECA? Members must ‘prove‘ qualifications before membership approval and members are sworn by Principles of Good Practice.
Continue to be your best self!