Your school counselor’s job is to help you have a successful high school experience. If you are dealing with a problem at school or a personal situation at home, your counselor is there to support you. Do you need tips on how to choose a college that is right for you? You can get help with that, too. The following back-to-school tips discuss good reasons to see your school counselor.
#1 Problem solving –
Sometimes personal problems crop up that you aren’t sure how to handle. Your parents are arguing about your college choices and you feel caught in the middle. Talking it over with your counselor helps your air your frustrations and concerns. Share your reasons for going to one school or another – or a totally different school your folks refuse to discuss. Your counselor has a listening ear.
Perhaps your problem is with your grades. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t get your grade above a C- in Biology, and that’s hurting your GPA. Talk it out with your counselor, who knows about mentoring opportunities on campus and may be able to connect you with an older student who loves Biology.
#2 Scheduling classes –
Some classes are required while others are electives. Your counselor can help you discover your innate abilities and strengths and then guide you to elective courses that match your interests. Some schools even offer co-op classes which allow you to attend school half a day and work half a day on a job related to your studies. Your counselor helps you schedule classes to take advantage of these opportunities.
Give your best effort to every class, required or elective. Your counselor helps plan your schedule and keeps your grades on file as you progress through high school. Stop by or make an appointment to discuss any concerns you might have, grades include. If you have to miss a lot of school due to illness or an injury, make sure your counselor is informed.
#3 Choosing a college –
If you’re thinking about college, ask your counselor for advice in launching a serious search. Again, your strengths and interests will play a part in this, and your counselor can help. Are you thinking about a local junior college or a university away? Do you plan to take two years in a training school or go to a four-year college? Talk with your counselor and find out how to contact your choice of schools.
Discuss scholarships, grants, special loans and any other avenues that might make college more affordable. Your counselor can also help you schedule special tests to prepare for your college entrance. Take advantage of those available in your state and school and ask for an aptitude test to identify your strengths and special interests.
# 4 Career planning –
As you progress in your high school experience, your counselor is available to discuss your progress and how to look toward the future with a career in mind. Discuss ideals, goals to reach your career choice and how to prepare a portfolio or resume. Talk about any high school subjects that might affect your GPA in a negative way, especially if the subject is key to the career you want to pursue.
When you go back to school, take advantage of having your own personal counselor. Go into that first meeting with an open mind, an appreciative attitude and a willingness to ask a few questions. If you respect the wisdom and experience that is available, your high school experience can be more enjoyable and fulfilling. All you have to do is stop by and see your counselor.