Getting The Most Out of Your Guidance Counselor

In college, you are assigned a guidance counselor. This shouldn’t be new to you because you should’ve had one before. But, unlike the ones you’ve had in the past, your college counselors play a more vital role in your future.

They help you plan your schedules, whether to go to grad school or get a job, and decide on a future plan. To not utilize them is to take away from yourself because when it comes to making decisions on your professional future, it’s best to have some guidance.

Be A Regular
Make regular stops into your counselor’s office. You don’t have to go once a week or even once a month, just three times throughout the semester will suffice. The logic behind this idea is that you go once at the beginning, middle, and end of the semester, making sure that you are staying on track from start to finish.

They can also play as somewhat of a support team that can keep you going when you feel like things are getting tough and help you figure out ways to avoid academic roadblocks.

Don’t Be Afraid To Communicate
When you enter their office, they have no idea what you are going to ask and can’t read your mind so it is crucial that you communicate your desires to them effectively. Be prepared with a list of questions or requests you may have and be ready to have to explain exactly what you want. College counselors see a lot of people and do many tasks for different people throughout the day. Telling them exactly what you want is a sure way to get the best results from them.

Make Your Concerns Known Early
If you’re worried about the GRE or another standardized test, about spaces in a class, or maybe that you might not pass a class, let them know. They can provide you with info about tests or where to get information about certain subjects and professors.

But, the most important thing they can do is helping you preserve your GPA. Don’t be afraid to tell them that you are doing terrible in a class and might not pass. They can look at the damage and help you make a decision on what you can do to make sure your GPA doesn’t get affected.

Although it’s not mandatory, it is widely believed and proven that having regular visits to the guidance counselor helps students. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start building a relationship with your guidance counselor while you still have the chance.

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