College applications are stressful. College seniors often fret and re-write their applications many times before they get them just right, and even then, it’s a long agonizing wait until they find out the results of their efforts in the form of acceptance or rejection letters.
If you’re a high school Senior, you’re not alone in your applications, however – there are three critical people involved in every college application.
Your Guidance Counselor or College Admission Consultant
Where do you start your college selection process? Probably at the guidance office or with your college admission consultant. These folks are here to help you find the perfect college fit for your unique skills and interests. With more than 70% of college students changing their majors or (worse yet!) transferring colleges during their studies, an experienced advisor is your key to discovering which colleges you should be most interested in before you apply and helping you select the best course to gaining admission.
Your Recommendation Source
Most, if not all, college applications require you to gain at least one excellent recommendation from a reputable source – either a teacher, a counselor, or a character recommendation. Recommendations aren’t difficult to gain, but a well-written and well-qualified recommendation makes a huge difference on your college application. Whether you seek this recommendation in your school’s faculty or outside in the community (a previous employer or someone with whom you’ve done volunteer work), the person who gives you an excellent recommendation is worth their weight in gold.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Parents are the best cheerleaders for your college success, and a necessary resource for choosing and gaining admission to your top choice college. Parents will provide the financial information you need to seek and obtain financial aid, take you to college campuses for visits, and encourage you during your Senior year during your application process.