Getting To Know Your Guidance Counselor

Getting To Know Your Guidance Counselor
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Do you have a personal relationship with your school’s guidance counselor? If not, you could be missing out on a fantastic resource as you navigate through high school and begin making your plans for college and beyond. Why? Because they’re literally there just for you.

A guidance counselor’s job is to share info and “guide” you to make the best decisions you can when it comes to personal and career development to get you where you want to be in the future.

So, you’re looking for ways to make your dreams come true and your guidance counselor’s primary job is to help you do just that. Sounds like a pretty great deal to us. But unless you tap into this gold mine of information, you’re missing out. Here are Like a Boss tips for making this most of this relationship:

  • Start Now: The earlier you get to know your counselor, the more guidance she can give you about prerequisites and other courses you need to stay on track. Even though it might seem far away, freshman year is not too soon to get started.
  • Get Friendly: The better your counselor knows you and what you’re looking for, the better she’ll be able to keep an eye out for opportunities that might be right up your ally. So make an appointment for a meet and greet or just swing by and say hello!
  • Use Her, and Your, Time Wisely: When you’ve got time on the guidance counselor’s schedule, come prepared so no one feels like their time was wasted. Do your research ahead of time and bring your list of questions and concerns. The bonus? She’ll be impressed with your on-top-of-things-ness.
  • Get Specific: Your guidance counselor can offer you general feedback and thoughts, but she can also give you the nitty gritty on anything from SAT prep advice to scholarships and awards you can be setting yourself up for now.
  • Ask for a Recommendation: Need someone to sing your praises for a job application or college admissions form? Your guidance counselor is the perfect person to ask for a letter of recommendation. (Another reason why getting friendly goes a long way!)
  • Be Grateful: Yes, it’s their job to meet with you, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like appreciation. Be sure to thank your counselor and let her know you’re grateful for her insight and support. When someone feels good about helping, they’ll be happy to do it time and time again.

Want to know more? CollegeBoard.com has a great list of 20 questions to ask your guidance counselor!

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