On a recent visit to my house my mother presented me with a large box of keepsakes. In it were my report cards, letters home, and duplicates of my college applications. Remember those? Essays about your hopes and dreams. Neatly written paragraphs of what you aspired to become. I remember the hurdles of paperwork, both with college and graduate school, and how tough it was to navigate each step. Looking back, the journey to higher education was a piece of cake compared to international adoption. It is a grueling process but having gone through it twice–with two different countries–I have become an Olympic paperwork submitter. Here are some tips to help you go for the paperwork gold!