High school guidance counselors often have hundreds of students assigned to them, yet they can be very valuable in the college prep and scholarship process. What can a student do to become familiar with their guidance counselor and get the most help possible while preparing for college? Try these suggestions:
- Make frequent office visits
- Let the counselor know of college plans
- Ask about scholarship opportunities
- Keep visiting and asking questions
- Email questions and concerns
- Share college plans and dreams
- Work hard and get good grades, proving a true desire for help
- Discuss scholarship/college application tips
- Ask to be notified about new scholarships
- Bring scholarship/college essays in for proofreading
- Be thankful, humble, and patient
By proving to guidance counselors that they value and need help with the college process, students can gain a ton of knowledge and tap into a wonderful source of information. It pays to be persistent and it is up to the student to make their needs heard and understood. Parents can also help by visiting the guidance counselor’s office with their student and show their commitment to doing whatever it takes to be successful in the college prep and scholarship process.
Does your high school guidance counselor know YOUR name? I’d love to hear your success stories in the comments section below!