Hello! I'm a junior, and I've been hearing a lot about college counselors and how they can help with the application process. I'm wondering if it's necessary to have a college counselor, or if I can navigate the process on my own. Can anyone offer some insight or share their experiences with or without a college counselor? Thank you!
Hi there! As a parent of a college student, I totally understand the uncertainty that comes with the college application process. In our experience, the necessity of a college counselor largely depends on your individual circumstances. If you have a good support system at your school (e.g., helpful guidance counselors, knowledgeable teachers, etc.), you might find that you can navigate the process on your own. In our case, my child's high school provided a lot of resources, and we were able to manage without hiring a college counselor. However, if you feel overwhelmed or find that your school's resources aren't sufficient, a college counselor can be very helpful. They can provide advice on choosing the right colleges, crafting a strong application, and even finding scholarships. Ultimately, the decision comes down to your personal needs and comfort level. Take some time to evaluate the resources available to you and trust your instincts. Good luck with your college journey!