How to Stay on Track With Your College Application Goals

Setting and following your goals when applying for college can be difficult, especially with complex deadlines and changing priorities in tow.

The entire “college application process” seems like an overwhelming mess, but if you can manage to break it down into more digestible chunks, it’s really not so bad. By creating goals for yourself, including a handful of long-term goals and several dozen rotating short-term goals, you’ll be able to simultaneously break down and organize your application intentions.

Still, introducing a series of goals into the mix could seem like an unnecessary complexity—yet another thing to keep track of and worry about. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.

In order to effectively keep track of and manage your goals, make sure you take the following steps:

1.       Prioritize your goals effectively. That means all your long-term goals stay long-term goals and your short-term goals stay short-term goals. Don’t lose yourself worrying about big picture items when there’s a short application due tomorrow.

2.       Find a way to visualize your progress. It might be a wall full of sticky notes, or a technological solution like the BOLD Guidance app, but no matter what, you need to find a way to visualize all your goals and your progress with those goals.

3.       Set up reminders. Again, this can be as digital or analog as you want it to be. The BOLD Guidance app sends you automatic reminders of upcoming deadlines, but you can also use a calendar or some similar system to set up updates for yourself.

4.       Have regular reviews. Take one day a week to organize your progress from the previous week, reprioritize your goals, and set a course for the following week.

If you follow these steps and allow yourself plenty of time to get things done, you should have no problem staying on track with your college application goals.