Top 10 Ways to Utilize Your Guidance Counselor
Find out the many different ways your high school counselor can help you.
High school guidance counselors are a fantastic resource to any high school student applying for college. Whether you are trying to narrow down the college search, finish an application, or look for scholarships, guidance counselors can always help.
Here are the 10 best ways your high school guidance counselor can help you.
1. Guidance counselors can help you find and choose colleges right for you.
Your college search can be tough when you do it by yourself. A good guidance counselor who knows your strengths and weaknesses can help you focus on great colleges or even show you ones you’ve never heard of.
It’s easier for your counselor to do this if he or she knows you, your personality, your high school GPA and test scores and all those other important things. Make sure to meet and develop a relationship with your counselor, and he or she will be more excited to go the extra mile for you.
2. Guidance counselors can write letters of recommendation.
This is another reason why it’s a great idea to develop a relationship with your guidance counselor. Letters of recommendation are a college requirement for most schools, but your counselor will only write one if he or she knows you well enough.
3. Guidance counselors can help you with your high school schedule.
Almost every college has certain requirements on what classes you must have taken in high school. Talk with your counselor to make sure your schedule keeps you on the college prep track.
4. Guidance counselors can give you financial aid advice.
Paying for college is a big issue for many students. Your counselor can help you compare financial aid packages and school scholarships, go over options for grants and loans, and help you with your FAFSA.
5. Guidance counselors can help you find scholarships.
Your guidance counselor probably has a big list of every scholarship your school offers, and can match your high school GPA to the scholarships right for you. He or she can also help you find local scholarships and might even remind you when crucial financial aid deadlines are approaching.
6. Guidance counselors can help you with college essays.
Need someone to proofread your application essay? Maybe you don’t even know how to start writing. Your guidance counselor can give you advice on writing a good college essay and give it a second and third look when the time comes.
7. Guidance counselors can double-check everything for you.
Guidance counselors can double-check more than just your essays. They can help you with college prep, making sure your application is filled out properly, all of your paperwork is complete and everything is turned in by the correct deadline.
8. Guidance counselors can give you quick pep talks.
The college search can be a difficult time emotionally and mentally. If you’re feeling down trying to manage classes, extracurricular activities and searching for colleges, ask if your counselor has a few minutes just to chat.
9. Guidance counselors can give you information on required tests.
If you haven’t already taken the SAT or ACT, your counselor is the perfect person to help you find out when and where to take those tests. Your guidance counselor will be able to help with any standardized test and might even be able to help save you a little cash when you sign up.
10. Guidance counselors can help you contact potential colleges.
Guidance counselors help students find colleges all the time. They might know people in the admissions department of your colleges, or they might know other students who have gone to your colleges who can give you insider information on college life. And if you want to schedule a college visit, your counselor should be the first person you talk to as well.
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