The Best Questions to Ask Your College Advisor

The college application process can be said to be an exciting yet tricky process. The truth is, there is no ideal pathway to college, nor is there a template roadmap where everyone can follow. Every student’s application is bound to look somewhat different and that’s what sets you apart from your peers. Everything sounds easier said than done, but how do we know the prerequisites we want are fulfilled?

Along with the proper guidance and utilizing the right resources this journey can be a rewarding learning experience. Working to communicate with your college advisor can be said as the first steps to creating meaningful relationships with resources presented to you. Understanding that most of you will eventually encounter a college advisor, we are here to help walk you through some of the steps in which you can fully prepare for the meeting. 

Without much time to spare, we will go through a compiled list of questions that will help you gather the most out of this experience. 

More often than not, the correct steps can simply be from discovering the resources available at your own school. There are a lot of programs and organizations at school that students might not know about yet. Specific questions can include the following: 

1. Is there a college list visiting us at school or do you have any school recommendations for me?
2. Are there any college fairs at this school, or nearby?
3. Is there any group class for college application or essay workshop I can attend?
4. Do you have college handbooks or other guides that I can browse or borrow?

In addition, beyond just allocating the resources at school, we can even think about the extent we can do our research in preparing for the next steps. 

1. Are there any special scholarships or awards that I should know about, so I can work toward them?
2. What free standardized testing resources does the high school offer?
3. What colleges do other kids from our school go to?
4. What are the deadlines I should be aware of?
5. Are there schools in mind that you think will suit me?

In many scenarios you have set meetings with your familiar counselor or chances are they are juggling a thousand students and barely know your names. That ultimately means that the person with the biggest stake in your academics is still yourself. Help and support can come in many forms, however, meeting deadlines and anticipating opportunities is still your responsibility. 

Staying on top of your work and progress will enable you to have a clear focus on the priorities that need to be covered. Without proper organization and structure, it is still possible, nonetheless the workload builds up overtime. Managing a growing workload can be eased through proper management and guidance. So, remember that the person who has the biggest stake in your academics is still you. It’s up to yourself to stay on top of opportunities and deadlines to take control of your future. 

All in all, they are good for providing information about scholarships, awards, research fellowships, university exchange programs and other opportunities; along with offering support and referrals in cases of academic or personal difficulty.

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