By Freya Strasburg
The college application process: terrible, time consuming, and draining. However, it doesn’t have to be this hard. Professional college counselors are trained to make the application process as stress free as possible.
Because we go to a school with over 360 students per graduating class, it can be hard to find time to meet with one of the four counselors we have available, which only adds stress to an already overwhelming situation. But college counselors from companies like College Connections can provide specialized one-on-one help for anything from applications to school coaching to personal statement editing. They are trained in two areas: to help match up students with the right college for them and to make sure that students receive the big acceptance envelope in the spring.
I know first hand how helpful a college counselor can be. Hiring one was the best thing I did to help myself during the college admissions process. My interactions with my counselor, Brittany Maschal from College Connections, started with a preliminary phone call in which she learned about my personality, academics, and extracurriculars. From this she compiled a list of colleges that she thought would match my personality and goals, assigning the schools to three categories: match (safety), likely (target), and reach. Having a concrete list allowed me to start my college process with confidence and efficiency.
One of the most important parts of an application is the personal statement, and college counselors are trained to know what appeals to colleges. Writing my personal statement took a long time, but throughout that process Brittany helped me revise and edit it into a piece of writing that represented me as a person. College counselors are invaluable in this aspect because they provide an outside view that can only serve to bolster your writing. Furthermore, they know each college well enough that they are able to help with dreaded supplements because they are experts on what each college is looking for.
Although the college process is unnecessarily long, hiring a college counselor can help move it along in many aspects. I would definitely recommend hiring a counselor to help with the process. Just go to a site such as http://www.college-connections.com/ or even google “private college counselor,” and you’ll find plenty of counselors available.
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