Navigating college admissions was relatively straightforward a generation ago.
But these days, it has become increasingly complicated and unfairly expensive.
That’s why I use Project Management principles to guide my counseling practice.
- The college admissions process is a project with a beginning and an end.
- Students, parents, teachers and counselors are all stakeholders.
- We need to identify academic, cultural and financial fit requirements.
- We need to set SMART goals and meet milestones.
- Managing financial aid for college is all about risk mitigation.
- Ultimately, the student needs to take ownership and responsibility for managing the project.
… because yes, managing the college admissions process is a big project!!
So, what are SMART Goals?
- S for Specific Goals should be clear and simple. Break down large goals.
- M for Measurable Goals should include some numbers.
- A for Affordable Goals and Best Fit Schools should stay within your budget.
- R for Realistic Goals should reflect your skills and time constraints.
- T for Time-bound Goals should have deadlines.
- Select 4 colleges and plan out an itinerary for campus visits for spring break before March 30.
- Identify 10 Academic, Cultural and Financial Fit characteristics for my Best Fit Colleges List before April 30.
- Run Net Price Calculator (NPC) for 10 schools before May 31.
- Complete 5 brainstorming exercises from the College Essay Guy before June 30.