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New workbook helps organize college applications

A new workbook by two Long Island moms

A new workbook by two Long Island moms helps kids organize their college application process. Credit: Handout

If you have a junior in high school starting to think about the college admission process, a new workbook by two Long Island moms could help him organize the entire ordeal. “The College Bound Organizer” (Sourcebooks, $19.99) has charts to help him document his extracurricular activities, track his recommendation letters and chart what items have been accomplished and what still needs to be done.

“Applying to college has become very complicated,” says co-author Anna Costaras of Manhasset, who has been through the process with three sons, who attend Cornell, New York University and Wake Forest. “We wanted to devise a system to navigate the process, an organizer to manage the details. We based this all on our experience with our children.”

Co-author Gail Liss of Mill Neck – with three daughters, two who chose Brown and one at Wesleyan –says the book will help kids and parents stay on schedule and on track. “The process is so incredibly stressful for students and parents,” Liss says. “There are so many people who could benefit from the lessons we learned.”

Liss and Costaras decided to write the book after their kids went off to college and the two women, both with MBAs, were brainstorming what they should do next.

“This sort of came to us naturally as a necessary product,” Costaras says. The book was published in January. The two women also have launched a related blog called “Bound to Organize” about the college admissions process, posting articles that focus on tools and strategies. Visit

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