Hello! Again, I find myself retreating to Scooter’s as comfort coffee, since this week is officially cram week for me. There are scholarship deadlines and ahhh! I feel like there’s so much to do in so little time. I know I should be concentrating on what I can do instead of blogging, but right now, there’s really nothing I can do. So here I am. Poof!
So I just have a bunch of due dates coming up for scholarships and blah and if I didn’t have to do freaking recommendation letters, this would probably make life this week about two times easier. But I can’t do much about that. I guess sorting things out and figuring out which recommendation goes where and urg. Which is what leads me to my next advice blog!
If you or your son/daughter, grandchild, whatever relation are/is going to be a senior in high school next year, then listen up! As a senior myself, I can tell you that trying to get all the scholarship crap figured out in just a few weeks will not help you at all. I’ve had friends who had sleepless nights just because they were trying to do so many scholarships. On one hand, it’s good to get it done and over with, but on the other hand, dude, you’re losing sleep!!! So here’s some things you can do.
Plan ahead before senior year starts. Think about what colleges you want to apply to. Also, if you want to go or have been accepted to that college, research what scholarships they might have. Look everywhere for scholarships–they’re meant to be frustrating, difficult, pain in the ass (oops, sorry), whatever. But honestly (so people have told me) they’re a great help in the long run. I have another friend who got a 65,000 scholarship to Creighton University. That’s a lot and totally awesome for an expensive school like Creighton!! Planning ahead is a great thing to do.
Another thing: just take a day and work on nothing but college crap and scholarships. It helps you so you won’t keep putting it off (like I kind of did) and gives you a bunch of time to figure out who you can ask for recommendation letters, what scholarship needs transcripts or ACT/SAT scores, and so much more.
I know, I know, it’s overwhelming, but you’ll get through it. Also, once FAFSA starts up for your year, do it RIGHT THEN. Don’t wait, and if you have to go off taxes from last year, ok fine. I believe you can always edit it later.
Sort out things in a balanced manner and you’ll be fine :). Don’t cram everything together, because it won’t be fun. Have a wonderful day and I’ll talk about another thing another time! 🙂