You get home from a long day of school and find there’s a letter addressed to you, the name of a college and their logo in the top left-hand corner. You rip open the envelope and see a variation of “Congratulations! You’ve been admitted…” Wow, you’ve been accepted to your first college. The first acceptance letter marks an exciting time in your life and (hopefully) more “fat envelopes” will come! Your parents will be bursting with pride and excitement, but you still have a long way to go before you actually set foot on a college campus as a full-time student.
Now it’s time to get organized. If you haven’t done so already, make a folder for each college you applied to (you can even get them in the school’s color to make it fun!) and save every important paper or piece of mail they send you until graduation. Acceptance letters, scholarship offers, information about housing and your major are all good things to store in your folders. Your college counselor will appreciate you being organized and you’ll thank yourself when it’s time to compare and contrast your top-choice schools. I recommend this method because it helped me stay organized through senior year and made the college process so much less stressful. Every time I visited a school I brought my folder with me and added papers they gave me. I even brought my folder with me to orientation and was able to keep every important document organized.
Now you know the formula for success. To keep it short and sweet: stay organized, work hard and celebrate your accomplishments! Welcome to one of the most exciting times of your life—don’t forget to enjoy it!