Collegewise 2011 year in review

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on what you actually got done in the last 365 days.  Not what you started or talked about doing, but what you actually saw through to the end and officially finished.  It doesn’t matter whether they were huge successes or not.  Finish often enough and you’re bound to have some hits.

Here’s a baker’s dozen list of completed projects for the year we’re wrapping up at Collegewise:

  • Rejoined forces with Arun
  • Opened the Collegewise online store
  • Published essay guide for teachers and counselors, premed guide, Common App guide
  • Produced financial aid, college essay, and interview videos
  • Launched Collegewise online counseling
  • Published free guide to the University of Washington application
  • Made over 100 speeches at high schools, libraries and NACAC affiliate conferences
  • Published 370 blog posts
  • Sent out over 90 new issues of our email newsletter
  • Hosted 30 seminars and four back-to-school nights for Collegewise families
  • Hired a new counselor, essay specialists and assistant counselors
  • Held a happy hour for counselors at local WACAC conference
  • Worked with over 500 students in our offices to help them apply to college

These aren’t all mine—far from it.  Thanks to the Collegewise counselors and to Arun for helping to make these happen.  There are several other projects we planned to do and didn’t get to, and a few more that are almost—but not quite—done.  But if they’re not done, they don’t count.   In 2012, we’ll try even harder to be obsessed about shipping (finishing and getting them out the door).

Make a list of your own.  And don’t be afraid to share it.  You’ll probably be impressed with how much you actually did.  And if you’re not, there’s your first resolution for the New Year.

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