It’s a countdown to the new school year! In some areas of the country, students are already back at school, and almost everyone begins in the next two weeks. Seniors are wondering about the college search… I’ve heard the questions:
- What are all the parts of this process?
- Where will I find the time to do…
- my school work
- think about, and maybe take more, standardized tests
- start and finish the applications-including writing the essays
- get my letters of recommendation
- visit colleges and do interviews
- … and have a social life?
- Who can I turn to for information and support?
Here’s a few tips and techniques for getting those tasks done-and making sure you have fun!
- Learn and truly understand all of the steps on this great adventure. Here’s a picture to help you see it all!
- Get clear on where you are on your journey. I have created a survey for teens in my new ebook, Making the GRADE: Discovering the Colleges That Are the RIght Fit for You! Take the survey and then create a plan for what’s got to get done! *
- Think about some cool concepts. I just read about them today in Yaro Starak’s blog
A Sprint is a term common in the development world were you focus on one core task or objective which you can complete in a short period of time. You essentially “sprint” to the outcome, disregarding everything else.
There is another term that goes hand-in-hand with the Sprint concept known as an “Epic“. An Epic is also an objective, but it’s too big to be done in a sprint time frame. It requires more time and resources to get it done, hence it is a more “epic” undertaking.” (Source: Yaro’s blog)
Your college search is epic (nothing like a play on words!), and there are many sprints along the way. I think they are awesome concepts… and they fit right in with my “college search as a marathon” theme.
What do you think?
I believe you need to know all the steps of this epic journey, and if you create sprints for yourself-work you can get done in a week (or some other short, definite timeframe)- you will feel more in control of the process. I’d love to hear how you’re doing-shoot me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org