What are you up to during the dog days of August? August 27th, 2009 | No Comments

dog days*
1. the sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11.
2. a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.

What are you doing during these last, hot days of summer? While I’d like to be taking day trips into New England to beat the heat, watching tennis matches with my favorite players, reading my books or creating new pieces of art, instead I am finishing up one project and making plans for the first weeks of fall… because that’s going to help me slide right into the new school year feeling ready to rock my projects.

I have to say that I have been working like a dog… and starting to feel the payback. I’m preparing to roll-out my coaching program about the college search process as an ebook with all kinds of bells and whistles – in October… and while it’s turned into a monster project – I am searching out all kinds of tools – it is coming together… but that also means I need to think about designing it, getting the word out about it… and a zillion other tasks… that’s the planning!

What are you thinking about and what are you doing right now ?
Where are you in your college search process?
Here’s a “big picture” (and tip of the iceberg) timeline that I developed for a survey of students…

Haven’t started
√ Talked with family & friends
√ Looked at brochures/sites
√ Talked with guidance counselor/college advisor
√ Chosen 6-8 colleges to visit – and, you know exactly what you want to learn about every (and each) campus
√  Taken tours & attended information sessions
√ Know finances – what’s your budget for tuition, room & board
√ Had interviews
√ Have final list of 6-9 schools

What have you accomplished on the timeline, and…
if you’re a senior, what’s your plan for the next four months?
if you’re a junior what’s your timeline looking like for the next 16 months?

How are you feeling about your plan? Who is supporting you in the process?
If you’re feeling anxious of overwhelmed, read through previous posts to this blog, send me an email or give me a call. I’m happy to talk with you… to develop a plan that will help you though the challenging process.

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