Why You Need a Better Relationship With Your Counselor
Have you met with your school counselor yet this year? Before you groan and tell us it’s a waste of time, we’ll give you a list of the reasons developing a good relationship with your counselor is so important.
Even freshmen can start applying for college scholarships. Your counselor may know about local or school-sponsored scholarships you can start looking into right now. Remember, getting some money for school now means less work (and fewer loans!) later on. Even if you're not motivated to write an essay right this second, some scholarships just require the click of a button, like the monthly Cappex Easy Money College Scholarship!
The Right Classes
The better your counselor knows you, the more effectively he or she will be able to recommend what classes you should take next year. So get into that counseling office and start chatting! If your counselor has no idea you love history and struggle in science, you could find yourself with a schedule that doesn’t interest you, challenge your abilities or allow you to succeed.
New Programs and Clubs
By now you’ve probably noticed there’s always something going on at your high school! Typically counselors are some of the first people to find out about new clubs, teams or organizations, so if you’ve been thinking about getting involved, the guidance office is a great place to start.
A Neutral Party
Need to vent about a frustrating family situation or have some mediate an argument you’re having with a friend? That’s part of your counselor’s job. Sometimes it feels awkward to go to your counselor for help in a personal situation, especially if it’s personal, but trust us – they’ve seen and heard it all before.
Many college and scholarship applications require you to submit a few letters of recommendation. This proves to the admissions department or scholarship committee that you're the best possible candidate and other people think highly of your work ethic. But you can't ask for a recommendation letter from someone you barely know; you need to build a strong relationship with your counselor over your high school career before you can ask them to write a letter on your behalf.
Stop by your counselor’s office and introduce yourself – you’ll be glad you did once you need help.