Help! Making Sense of All the College Catalogs Mailed to Me

Getting so many unsolicited college catalogs mailed out to our home seems overwhelming!  What do I do with them?

How about trying to organize them into different piles, or into plastic containers, and then feeling “in control” about eventually using them?   You pick—sort them by State, Region, or even Alpha, such as “A-D”, “E-H”, etc.   Or by approximate size of catalogue—6” by 8”, 8” by 11”, or those much bigger.

What  about the so many small pamphlets that are often included?  Where should those go?

Well, you might want to store those separately from the catalogues UNLESS they seem to be just a smaller summary of “generic” info on the college (such as general photos/maps of the campu, or a listing of  ALL programs and majors, etc).   Put these inside the actual catalogue before storing the catalogue.

Perhaps you could then have an additional container to store any pamphlets on SPECIFIC PROGRAMS or MAJORS.    These can all be intermingled into one container for later review.  (For example, later on, you might want to put all Engineering Program info into some file folders, Nursing programs in file folders, Business Programs likewise—whichever of these majors are of special interest).

Another container could be for SPORTS, and another for CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES.   These could also be intermingled for now.  You can decide later on if you want to “resort” them further into specific sub-categories of special interest to you.

A further container could be pamphlets on just FINANCIAL AID at the college.   Or, perhaps one on Application/Essays.

DON’T  FORGET  TO SEE IF A PARENT MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN HELPING YOU DO THE FILING SO IT DOESN’T BECOME TIME-CONSUMING WHEN KEEPING UP WITH STUDIES AND ACTIVITIES.

THE KEY IS JUST TO PLAN A SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR YOU, AND TO FILE THEM INTO CONTAINERS DAILY, OR AT LEAST WEEKLY, BEFORE THEY BECOME  UNMANAGEABLE AND FRUSTRATING!!

EVENTUALLY, THEY CAN BE OF GREAT USE TO YOU AS YOU LEARN ABOUT AND COMPARE PROGRAMS THAT COULD “SPARK” YOUR INTEREST IN PARTICULAR PROGRAMS AND COLLEGES!!!

P.S.   IF YOU VISIT WITH COLLEGE REPS AT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL, OR GO TO COLLEGE FAIRS, YOU CAN ALSO DO THE SAME WITH THAT INFO!

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