|Why Use a College Consultant?
I believe the most important reason lies in finding college choices that truly fit the individual student. The college
admission process has become so challenging, confusing, and competitive that most parents don’t even recognize it!
It is certainly not the experience we had twenty or more years ago. The value of a college consultant lies in their
knowledge of colleges and programs that are desirable for the individual student, as well as a consultant's ability to
motivate students (and work with parents). Students who matriculate to schools where they fit in and feel challenged
generally stay at that college and graduate in 4-5 years. Students who choose colleges
for the wrong reason are at risk for dropping out, transferring (which puts off graduation), and
having a poorer college experience.
Graduation and intellectual growth are certainly goals of a great education! With public high school counselors (who
are not trained specifically in college counseling) having an average of 400+ students, it is clear that an outside
consultant, trained in college counseling and who has been to a hundred or more college campuses,
may be a better choice to advise and guide your student and your family.
"Alla Gershberg, a San Francisco real estate agent, put it this way to me. "Look, I help people buy and sell houses for a
living. It's incredibly complicated to know the market, the product involved and how to position oneself as a buyer. People
can do it themselves, but they are often much safer and more successful with the help of a professional." Indeed, many
parents have little experience with college admissions or selection and experience
the same kind of relief hiring a counselor." (Huff Post, Ruth Starkman.)
Another reason to use a consultant is to give the student the chance to take charge of the process. By the time a
student is a senior in high school they are truly seeking some independence from mom and/or dad. Silly arguments
erupt between parent and teen and these are mostly “turf” or “breaking away” issues that seem to come up more
and more frequently as our children get older. It is always best to guide the student in college research, writing
essays, filling out applications, and considering majors, and sometimes an objective counselor can be most effective.
Mom and dad need to be involved, but a student who drives the college search, application and selection will mature
in the process and be more enthusiastic about their education. The feeling of accomplishment, responsibility and
independence benefits both the student and the parent(s). It has always been my goal to teach each student how to
take responsibility and how to make good decisions.
Going to college is a life enhancing experience, but first one must choose wisely!
|Certified College Counselor
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Certified Practitioner
|I have to confess: I just adore my wonderful students!
|Tracy Michelle Fisher
Tracy Fisher passed away unexpectedly
October 20, 2009, during her first
semester at the University of Missouri.
Tracy's bright light is missed by many. I
think of her often.
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