Image from Make Me A Freshman.

Image from Make Me A Freshman.

One of the biggest complaints we hear from prospies regarding the college admissions process is that there are way too many deadlines to keep track of and no way to quickly figure out what’s due when. Between college apps, financial aid forms, test dates, and scholarship information, who can blame ’em for being annoyed?

Thus, for obvious reasons, I was super excited when Amy Jeffrey, a recent Harvard grad, emailed me about her awesome creation Make Me a Freshman, a no-nonsense website that allows you to type in any college you’re applying to and see all of the deadlines that college has. All I could say was, “DAMN, I wish this had existed when I was applying to Wesleyan!”

Before you check out Make Me a Freshman and become as excited about it as I am, check out this short interview we did with Jeffrey to hear more about why she created the site and what she wishes she knew as a prospie.

Why did you decide to create Make Me a Freshman?

Amy Jeffrey: Every student who applies to college must comb through different college websites to figure out all of these different requirements, and I wished that there was a single website where students could go to learn and organize all these forms and deadlines.

How can students use this tool to help their admissions process?

AJ: Once students decide where they want to apply, Make Me a Freshman can show them exactly how and when to apply, breaking down the process to show specific forms and deadlines. The website also integrates financial aid and standardized testing, with tips and reminders along the way.

What do you wish you’d known when you were a high school student applying to colleges?

AJ: I did not realize how complicate the college application process was; there are lots of little forms, like teacher recommendations, mid-year reports, and standardized testing reports, so starting early and staying organized is so important.

If you haven’t already, check out Make Me a Freshman! We’re obsessed.

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Lily Herman is a junior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Besides bopping around on The Prospect, Lily is a columnist for USA TODAY College (read the Quad Report, yo); an editorial intern for The Daily Muse; a contributing editor for the campus blog Wesleying; a national contributing editor for Her Campus; and an editorial/marketing intern at HelloFlo. When she is not studying or awkwardly waving at people around campus, Lily enjoys eating Sour Patch Kids and re-watching the Friday Night Lights series finale (she's Team Saracen, by the way). Also (shameless plug alert), feel free to follow her on Twitter, or email her at lherman(at)theprospect(dot)net.

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