The cost of college can be extremely scary. Growing up, it seemed it was all my teachers would ever talk about: the importance of college, its cost, the growing amount of student debt, and scholarships; I can remember my teachers talking about this as far back as elementary school. However, college has always been something I’ve wanted to do (I guess that should be a bit obvious, though, since I’m a college blogger). Because of the growing cost of college, I decided to take a financial literacy course in high school so that I could be more educated about my finances. Of course, the pattern of college’s importance continued, as one of the course’s emphasis’ was college scholarships and how they can decrease your student debt.
To get us started, my teacher gave us her method of organizing scholarships (which involved divided tabs in an accordion folder) and I did my best to follow it; however, I quickly discovered that it wasn’t the best method for me. I would print off applications that had a deadline much too close for me to finish, my papers easily got out of order, and it was hard for me to look at the upcoming applications and deadlines without needing to pull all of the papers out.
After several months of try-and-fail with this method, I decided to create my own organizational method. Although it took several months of try-and-fail, I have finally created a way to organize my scholarship applications and materials, and it has been so essential to my scholarship application process that I doubt I would have done as well without it. Of course, this organizational method is what works best for me, but feel free to adapt it to meet your own needs. [Read more…]