According to the U.S. Department of Education, public high schools can only provide an average of 38 minutes of counseling per student per year. This is not nearly enough time to help students making decisions critical for the rest of their lives.
A college consultant, on the other hand, is able to make significant investments in the life of a student. If you haven’t already leveraged the services of a college consultant, here are 10 reasons why you should strongly consider working with one.
1. Provide individualized attention
If high school advisors aren’t already doubling as teachers or assistants, they are tasked with helping along a multitude of students simultaneously. Educational consultants are able to give each student the attention he or she needs to make sound decisions for the future.
2. Give students a broader perspective
Knowledge is power. By visiting colleges all over the United States, and even the world, college consultants learn firsthand about schools and what type of student would do well in each. This unique perspective of the bigger picture provides their students with knowledge to create more options for wiser decisions!
3. Relieve parents of a great time burden
When a public school can’t provide adequate counseling, who takes up responsibility by default? The parents. But you can share those duties with a college consultant instead.
4. Provide realistic advice on a student’s best bets
38 minutes is not nearly enough time to understand a student’s interests, abilities, goals, and challenges. This is why we often see students making unrealistic, not to mention unnecessarily expensive, admissions decisions. College consultants can get to know their students and which options are most realistic for them.
5. Assist students in completing applications
As if crafting a list of colleges isn’t stressful enough, students are required to complete and submit applications, essays, and other paperwork by strict deadlines. Educational consultants provide guidance and encouragement so that, as they tackle these challenging tasks, students are able to present themselves in the best possible light.
6. Bring the benefits of experience
Families may walk down this road two or three times with their children. Get someone on your team who has been there many more times than that. The more experience you have on your side, the better.
7. Keep students on track
The college application process can be chaotic, and it’s important that a student works alongside someone who is able to navigate the process proactively. It’s far too easy to get buried in the paper trail if you lack the experience. Deadlines can be forgotten and opportunities missed.
8. Offer advice regarding the best high school curriculum choices
The choices you make in high school play a role in where you go after you graduate. If a student has his or her heart set on a particular school, program, or scholarship, a consultant will provide a map for what that student will need to prioritize in high school.
9. Save you money in the future
More than one-third of all college students transfer at least once during their college years, and usually sacrifice time, money, and credits in the process. Anything you can do to increase the chances of getting things right the first time is going to save you money in the long run.
10. Lower your stress levels
There are very few scenarios or requirements that an educational consultant hasn’t already seen. Find peace of mind by working with someone who knows the best path forward.
So, if you’re considering a college consultant, we’d love the opportunity to speak with you about the value I can bring to help you prepare for the next exciting stage of your journey. There’s lots of information here on the website, and you can check out some of the packages we offer, and contact me with any questions you still have.