How to Use Your School Counselor
School counselors are one of the best ongoing sources of support for students who plan to go to college. They can provide guidance and support throughout the entire process. If you are lucky enough to have access to a counselor in your school, it is in your best interest to visit that person on a regular basis.
Throughout your high school years, your counselor can help you:
Planning your classes: Depending on what you plan to major in, your school counselor can help you decide which classes are taken during high school can help in your college admission.
Identifying special opportunities: Your school counselor can inform you of local college fairs as well as opportunities for you to visit the campus via internships or summer programs. This way, you will be able to familiarize yourself with the college that you plan on applying to.
Highlighting the things you need for a college admission: Your school counselor is well aware of the various tests you will need to prepare for in order to get into the college of your choice. He/she can help you get registered for preparatory tests for SAT, ACT and even TOEFL.
Figuring out how you should pay for college: A lot of colleges offer financial assistance on a need or merit basis. Your high school counselor can help point out the colleges that offer this facility. He/she can also tell you about various scholarship offered by different colleges.
Putting everything together in time for the application deadline: Staying in touch with your school counselor will help you keep abreast of the various application and test deadlines. Your school counselor will also help make sure that you have all documents in place to go with your application.
Your school counselor is available for any questions you may have regarding your college application process so don't hesitate to ask. If you make sure to use your school counselor to your advantage, your college application process is bound to be a breeze.
To learn more about what your school counselor can do for you, please see the video below presented by the American School Counselor Association and SchoolTube.