The college selection and application process can be completely overwhelming. It can be difficult to know where to even start and having college counseling set up from the very beginning can make this process much easier. The Aspire Groups’ experience includes over 25 years of experience guiding students through the college application and selection process.
While the application process does have some consistency, each of our student clients is unique; each having a very different history, needs, and ambitions. We, at The Aspire Group, take pride in being able to support the individuality of each of our clients.
It is not possible for the school systems to provide all the needed assistance for applying for school. High school counselors are taxed to their absolute limit. Students, today, are applying to a larger number of schools, each requiring an essay and quite often more.
It can also be difficult to know what is expected of a child in college application process. A college acceptance can hinge on any number of factors, any one of which can make a difference. The obvious are grades and ACT or SAT scores. However, the answers on the college app., letters of recommendation, the essay, the timing of submitting the needed documents, the strategy of deciding to apply early action or early decision, school visits, personal interviews and financial considerations, are just some of the items that need to be managed. These requirements can be overwhelming for the vast majority of our student clients. Having someone to provide college counseling can make each of these items easier to maneuver.
A recent article in The New York Times (September 20, 2015) by Megan Rubiner Zinn tells the story better than we. Her article, titled “I said We’d Never Hire A College Admissions Advisor. Then We Did,” says it all.
A college education is one of a family’s major investments. Too often, it fails to receive the guidance, planning and consideration that it deserves and is needed. The advice and support provided by an experienced College Counselor and Consultant has the potential to secure this investment. All too often the choice made by a student, those even supported by their family, can be the one that may fail without the benefit of an experienced college counselor.
We believe the College Application process provides a first time for many students to accept personal responsibility for their “next steps.” It’s part of their college preparation and a test of their ability to make good choices for themselves.
While it can be best to intentionally start from the beginning with College Counseling, it’s never too late to engage with a College Consultant. At The Aspire Group, we work with students at all stages; including those that their first college experience was not successful.