By maigenAre you counting down the days until you leave for college next fall? If you are like many high school seniors, you’re going through a roller coaster of emotions right now. Which colleges do you apply for? How will you afford it? Do you move far away or stay close to home? It seems like there’s an endless list of things to accomplish and even more decisions to make every day. First, take a deep breath. Although it may seem a bit overwhelming, there’s actually plenty of time between now and graduation to get everything accomplished. A good way to get a handle on everything is to develop a plan and stick to it. Luckily, you have us to help you. By following this easy guideline, you won’t miss anything on your college planning list.FALLManage deadlines:College financial aidAdmission applicationsScholarshipsVisit college campusesFinalize list of collegesTake SAT and/or ACTRequest letters of recommendationWINTERComplete college applicationsContinue searching for scholarshipsMeet with your guidance counselor:Review classesRequest transcriptsRequest score reportsComplete the FAFSA (January)SPRINGWatch for acceptance lettersWeigh your waitlist optionsCompare financial aid award lettersRetake SAT/ACT (if needed)Continue to search for scholarshipsMake your decisionGraduate!If you keep up with your college planning tasks, you can spend the summer of your senior year enjoying time with your friends, earning some extra cash for college, and shopping for your new dorm room! The important thing to remember is to chip away at your list a little each week and try not to leave everything to the last minute. You’ll feel less stress and can rest easy knowing you are ready for your next journey to begin.