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Need College Advisor

Original post made by HS mom, Charleston Gardens, on May 17, 2014

Can anyone recommend a good college advisor? We want somebody who has a calm and low key approach and focuses on finding the right fit for our child. Someone caring and knowledgeable who will take the time to get to know him and guide him in selecting schools and in applying.

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a resident of Community Center
on May 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

HS mom,

Check with local tutoring companies, if they have suggestions. We got two recommendation that way but they do not meet your criteria for a "calm and low key approach and focuses on finding the right fit for our child." They were anyway booked already. As a result, we did not proceed.

After speaking with the private counselors, my sense is that they all generally work with the same information, and like it or not, they are interested in customers who give them the higher bang for the buck. A little bit like school, or teachers, they prefer the kids with the better grades, scores, and resume because they may be easier to work with. My kid does not fall in that category, so my conclusion is that there is no such thing as the perfect counselor for us, for the money. If money is not object, interview a few. Counseling is a business so they must have options.

Even if you pay all the money though, picking the right fit (school) is something you will also have to help your kid with. There must be a handout somewhere but explore basic questions like region of the country, close to home or not, big or small school, expense, school spirit or not, greek life or not, specific major or not, and you have to (must) visit some schools even before going to a Counselor. If you have tried all these questions and you still have no idea about where to start, then your son may not be interested in college at all. That's also good to know. Explore alternate pathways, and ask your school counselors for information about that.

After you visit schools, and have tried speaking with your own school counselors, and you still want to have a private counselor, I would suggest you drop the criteria for a calm and low key approach because of the timeline and picking a list of schools is something you want to have earlier than later. Good luck.

This site has a lot of info, and reviews on counselors.

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Posted by College Grad
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 18, 2014 at 11:40 am

So I don't understand the need for a College Advisor, what are they bringing to the table for you? Is mainly helping with college choice, or are they assisting in filling out and writing the applications?

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