Whether your school is public or private, big or small; whether you have an independent counselor or are working with the counselors at school, one truth remains: this is your college process. Independent and school counselors are there to help, but the more you put into the college process, the more you’ll get out of it. So be proactive and seek out opportunities to work with a college consultant. There are plenty of things you can do to help yourself get the most from the college counseling you have available.
Always Be Prepared
Before any meetings, get organized. Pull together all your paperwork, transcripts, testing results, timelines and checklists in anticipation of meeting with your counselor. Make a list of the questions that you need to get answered so you can write down answers during the meeting. Make sure to take notes; not only will it make it easier to remember what you have to do, but it will show your parents how responsible you are in taking ownership of the college process.