There are a lot of pieces involved in college admissions. There are a lot of schools out there to consider. There is a lot going on in a high schooler's life. Put that all together and it is easy to see where the application process could feel overwhelming. By creating a system of files, timelines, support people, it is all manageable. These are also skills that will be of value in college. The student needs to own this experience and take responsibility for the application process. Each part of the application is important for it's own reason. There is very little that you have control over because your grades and test scores are what they are. The essay and interview give you an opportunity to add a dimension to your application that wouldn't otherwise be there. Focus on proofing, print previewing and preparing and you'll be fine.