Five Ways Your High School Counselor Can Help You

Vicissitude—have you reviewed that word for SAT prep yet? Vicissitudes are unexpected changes or fluctuations, and a great way to describe life’s ups and downs. For most people, high school is full of vicissitudes. Guidance counselors are there to help you with those ups-and-downs whether academic or social.

Your guidance counselor’s job is to help and to provide you with important resources and information to help you deal with whatever concerns you might have. If you have doubts about talking to a stranger about your problems or plans for the future, remember that your guidance counselor really does want to help. However, it’s up to you to remain responsible for your studies and goals. Below are five ways your high school guidance counselor can help you through the vicissitudes of being a high school student:

  1. Listening. Guidance counselors will listen to you and offer an outsider’s advice. And, they can suggest specialists who deal with sensitive issues.
  2. Networking. Guidance counselors are well connected. Take advantage of their contacts when it comes to college fairs and visits and searching for scholarships, tutoring, and part-time jobs.
  3. Support. Looking for your own personal fan club? Guidance counselors are there to support you and guide you through high school, and encourage you to do your best.
  4. Scheduling. When it comes to choosing classes for the upcoming semester, guidance counselors can help you create a schedule that not only fits your interests and abilities, but that looks good for colleges, too.
  5. College Admissions. Knowing how to apply to college is a requirement of any guidance counselor. Let them assist you in the application and decision process—from entrance exams to deciding where to apply, and maybe even writing you a recommendation, your guidance counselor is a person you definitely need to get to know!

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