College Application Organization Printables

Organizing all the info for your college applications is difficult. You have to keep track of deadlines, fees, and essays. I made a handy-dandy pair of printables to help my sister with all that stuff: one to keep track of her college application info, and one to help her keep track of her deadlines. Now I'm making them available for you for free! Save them for yourself, your kids, your siblings or cousins, or your friends.

Feel free to share them, but please do not alter them unless it is solely for your personal use. Do not try to sell these. They're not yours to sell, and I'm offering them up for free anyway.

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Printable Features:
  • Zip file containing two documents totaling three pages long in PDF format
  • College Application Deadline Organizer
  • College Application Information Organizer
College Application Deadline Organizer:
  • Helps you set personal due dates for your first essay draft, final essay copy, transcript request, recommendation requests, and the all-important thank you notes
  • Separate sections for early admissions and regular admissions, since the due dates differ greatly
  • Has spots to write due dates and check off that you have completed each task
College Application Information Organizer:
  • 2 pages of printable for 6 colleges worth of info-- of course, print more as necessary :)
  • Write in deadlines, both early and regular
  • Common App or Non Common App?
  • Login and Password for online applications
  • Essay section that includes # of essays needed, goal date for first draft, and a place to write your prompt(s) so you have it on hand
  • Keep track of the fee amount, and when you sent payment or a waiver
  • Keep track of the transcript send date and the application send date when you're done!

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College Packing Tips

Packing up your stuff for college is a long, confusing, tiring process. You really can't do it all at once, but if you spread it all out for too long, you forget what you have and haven't packed. Luckily, I've prepared some tips to help you along the way!

Write a list of things you need to pack. This helps you keep track of what you will need to track down in your house and what you need to buy. I recommend putting things into categories so that it's easier to work through. You can see the list I made of things you should bring to college. It is the most comprehensive list I could come up with, excluding clothes. I like to make a separate list for clothing/shoes/accessories. Also, have two copies if you make a hard copy-- one for shopping, and one for packing.

Figure out what you already have. Save yourself some money and look and see what you already have. You may find that there's more stuff crossed off your list than you thought. Cross things off your list and set them aside. Make sure you remember where things are-- after all, what good is finding it if you forget where it is?

Check out your school's housing agreement. These will contain information on what is and isn't allowed. Some things aren't allowed in dorms at certain schools. At William and Mary, extension cords aren't allowed, but power strips are. There are also restrictions on the size and dimensions of mini-fridges. This kind of information is important to know before purchasing or even bringing down disallowed items.

Communicate with your roommate. There are some things that it might be easier to share amongst your roommates. If you need a vacuum, printer, fridge, microwave, or iron, it may not make sense to have two of these things in your room. When you find out who your roommate is, reach out to them and ask them about their preferences and what they can bring. I also like to coordinate with my roommate furniture items and colors. If you're rooming with someone you've never met before, it's a good idea to break the ice and get a feel for what their boundaries are and how they hope to live in your shared room, and it's not a bad idea to let them know how you feel about things either.

Printables for packing by Dre Lynn

When you begin packing, stay organized. Group similar items together. Keep track of what you have and haven't packed and where you packed them. I like using an excel sheet on my computer, combined with more visual elements in the real world. Check out these adorable free packing printables from Dre Lynn. The free downloadable PDF includes an index page, and 8 quarter page box context labels.

Save space! Pack things as compactly as you can! Put socks in shoes, odd shaped items in your waste bin, and maximize your car space. You may want to consider a roof rack. Don't pack for the entire semester either. Remember, you'll be back home for Thanksgiving and the holidays, so hold off on non-essentials and cold weather clothes.

I hope you all found that helpful. You can also check out my article on HerCampus W&M about a smart shopping technique that can help you save money when crossing things off your college shopping list.

Do you have any tips for packing or shopping? Comment below!
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Command Hooks are a Dorm Room Savior - COUPON!

Living in a dorm is in many ways, an adjustment to say the least, from normal home life. What used to fit all across a house, condo, or even apartment now has to fit in one room. Granted, not everything in your house goes with you to college, but you've only got one room, and chances are, you have to share it.

You are now short on space for all your stuff. Welcome to college.

You now share a space with a stranger and have to keep not only room stuff in there but your bathroom stuff, your office/desk stuff, your sports stuff, your school stuff, and your food stuff in there. Your mini fridge and your vacuum and your coffee maker and all that other stuff you had spread out at home is now cozied up in one room with all your roommate's stuff too. 

When you're short on space, it's best to think taller. And by that I mean it's time to use vertical space. 
Stack things, get shelves, and hang things. 

My first year at W&M I learned about the value of vertical space-- and that Command Hooks are your savior.

If you aren't familiar with Command Hooks, you should check out their website. They create hooks you stick on to the wall. They come off without damaging the wall or paint, and they stay as long as you need them to-- and don't overload them. You may remember seeing their commercials around holiday time since they are great for hanging wreathes around your house-- when the seasons over you take off the wreath and the hook so your wall doesn't look weird with a giant wreath hook sticking out of it.

Anyway, Command Hooks are fantastic, especially when space is tight. Here are some ways I've used Command Hooks at school:
Hang your necklaces
  • Put your keys on it. Put a pair of hooks right by the door for you and your roommate so they're easy to grab and not lost in the depths of your purse or the pile of stuff on your desk. Or the floor.
  • Hang your necklaces on it. Necklaces are easier to see and pick when you can see them and don't have to spend a half hour untangling it from all the jostling around in your jewelry box. 
  • Bags bags bags. I'm a purse gal myself. For some girls it's shoes. For some girls it's jewelry. For some girls it's make up. For me, it's all bags. I have purses, backpacks, and lets not forget the reusable shopping bags :) I organize and hang them up to keep them off the floor.
  • Hanging organizers work on hooks. Have you ever seen an over-the-shower-head shower organizer? You can use them to hold stuff in your own room, hanging them on the hook instead of a shower-head. It's basically a cheap mini-shelf!
Command Strips, the sticky backings on the hooks are also great for dorm living. Not only can they be used on your hooks when the ones the hooks come with run out, but they can be used for other things too!
  • Stick light photo frames on the wall. It may take a couple Command Strips, but it works out pretty nicely if you can't drill hooks or nails into your walls. I recommend only using light, not terribly fragile frames for this though. Should anything crazy happen (crazy earth shaking storms, or you underestimating strips needed for the project) it is best to avoid things like something heavy os fragile.
  • Secure items that just keep falling! You don't necessarily have to go vertical with these things. Last semester I wanted to make sure one of my powerstrips stuck onto my desk. I used it to power and charge all kinds of stuff from my laptop to my desk lamp to my phone and sometimes even toothbrush when it ran out of juice. I had a problem with it falling when I moved things around on my desk or if I jostled it in my sleep. I Command Strip'd that sucker down and didn't have issues with it anymore. You can also strip/strap down your alarm clock if you're one to knock it over, other desk items like your lamp, or containers and organizers you don't want sliding around in your drawers. make sure you leave some of the tab sticking out so you can unstick your stuff later.
I totally would recommend Command Hooks to any and every college student. There are about only two things they don't really work well on-- textured walls (not enough for the sticky stuff to grab) and wet walls-- which can happen if you experience a lot of intense humidity, or have very cool walls and a very hot room. In the case of a textured wall, there's not much you can do to make the wall and the adhesive play nice, but in the case of a wet wall, I'd recommend drying the wall of throughly or waiting for a day when conditions improve. Humidity typically won't unstick what's already been thoroughly stuck. Unless it's super humidity, in which case, call a scientist!

I'm totally here to help you all out too, so here are is the link to command product coupons, brought to you by the Command site itself. On the site you can also learn more about the products and sign up for a newsletter so you can get more coupons and such in your email if you so choose.
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Peterson's Ice Cream in Clifton

As you all may know, I'm back in Northern Virginia (aka NoVA) for the summer. I'm working full time, 40 hours a week, which means I've really got to maximize my weekends. A couple weekends ago I went up to Clifton, a little town near where I live. It. Was. Adorable.

Historical Train-- you can't get inside, but you can climb on.
They store decorations the town uses  during holidays
and festivals inside.
The food there is amazing. You can hit The Main Street Pub for fabulous  food-- breakfast, lunch, or dinner! It is phenomenal. Burgers, sandwiches, and more, all with that classic American taste of wholesome flavor. Oh goodness! The Main Street Pub appeared in Travel and Leisure Magazine for its pure deliciousness and quaint small town charms.

This church is gorgeous! And so cute!
But if you can make it out for a meal, you simply MUST go to Peterson's Ice Cream Depot. Voted best frozen treat by Northern Virginia Magazine-- a verdict I whole-heartedly agree with-- this ice cream is phenomenal with that rich taste that you can't find in the freezer aisle. They make up some crazy (delicious) flavors and you can have them whip you up shakes and malts in addition to ice creams. 

They totally embrace their backyard party feel and I have to admit, I'm a sucker for adorable chalkboards.

I've been here twice now and I can't wait to go back. If you're in the NoVA or DC area, check this place out. It is phenomenal and the town around it is super cute!
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