It is very important to stay organized and on top of it when getting ready to apply to college. Because it is difficult to keep track of SATs, ACTs, AP tests, IB tests, application deadlines, writing supplements—the list goes on forever—Guided Path has created a tool to help you manage everything. You now have the option of receiving notifications, via either text or email, to remind you of important deadlines, appointments, etc. Guided Path also gives you the option to control your own notification preferences, so you may receive as many or as few notifications as you like.
I prefer to receive only a few notifications so that I won’t be overwhelmed by excessive information. I opt to only receive emails for what I consider to be the most important things: test registration, test date, appointment, changes to my college list, and key milestone deadlines. I have set these notifications to come 7 days before they are due so that if I have forgotten, I still have time to study for that test or complete that essay. Here is what an email summary will look like:
Discussion is a feature on the ‘Colleges’ tab that allows a student and an advisor to have a conversation about a college. It is a great place to store your notes. I have actually found this feature most useful for keeping my thoughts after I go visit a school. I take notes on paper while touring schools, and when I get home, I transfer them into the discussion page so I can easily access them whenever I want. I anticipate that this tool will come in very handy when the time comes to make my final decision on where to attend college. Being able to recall the thoughts I had when visiting the school, and the conversations I had with my advisor will be invaluable in making my final college decision.
‘Messaging’ gives you the ability to message your advisor or any of your connections through Guided Path. Though this feature is not meant for long discussions back and forth (that’s what the ‘Discussions’ feature is for!) the messaging component allows for easy communication between advisor and student. You can use the Message Feature with both text and email. I would use this feature to notify my advisor that I was running late for our meeting, or to ask a quick question. This is a great feature, as it adds convenience and increases communication. I am excited to see all of the ways I can use this feature!