High school college counselors have one of the toughest jobs around. I know. I used to be one. They are often carrying a caseload of hundreds of students and the weight of their students' futures in their hands.
With many high schools adopting a hybrid or virtual approach to the school year since COVID hit, there is less opportunity for students to interact with their college counselor. The demands on college counselors' plates grew tenfold during the pandemic with curriculum changes and new policies to implement in the midst of writing letters of recommendation for students. This leaves college counselors little time for impromptu meetings with a student or being able to get right back to them with answers to their questions.
If a student has a new college counselor this year or hasn't had a chance to spend valuable time with them, all is not lost. Navigating the college admissions process just got easier in these scenarios:
1. Have you had limited interaction with your college counselor?
2. Are you having a hard time hearing back from your college counselor?
3. Is your college counselor unable to do something for you like write a letter of recommendation, send first quarter senior year grades, or help you out?
4. Are you worried about your college counselor having too much to do that they are not able to write a detailed letter of recommendation for you?
- Anything unusual about your background or life
- Scheduling conflicts that inhibited your ability to take certain classes
- Personal anecdotes that support the message you are trying to convey in your applications
- The impact you have made on your high school and community
5. Did a mistake happen where the wrong college was listed in a letter of recommendation or something was not sent on time?
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I remember feeling just as lost and concerned about my college prospects when I was in high school. I attended a very large public high school with guidance counselors, not college counselors. Their plates were full with students at risk of dropping out or simply surviving. Applying to college was almost a luxury, but one that continues to lead to social mobility, personal fulfillment, and a legacy of higher education for those around us. We are all in this together: students, parents, college counselors, and me.