Many parents are skeptical about the need for a college counselor. Even for students/families who are on top of the bureaucratic elements of applications (registering for tests, getting scores sent, knowing when teacher recommendations are due), there’s little substitute for invaluable insider information and guidance.
As college counselors, we play many roles.
1) We are your strategic partner.
There are many decisions to make every single week, and college counselors can help with all of them. We help students to think in terms of a consistent narrative, and work to make everything they do fit into one narrative they can utilize on their application and in meeting their goals. This includes things like:
College applications involve a LOT of deadlines, and college counselors can help you stay on track every step of the way. This will include things like:
3) Making every single part of your application stronger. Applications have a number of moving parts, ranging from Academics and Test preparation to Admissions Officer Emails, College Visits, Interviews, English Proficiency, etc. Overall, it’s important to remember that most college admissions counselors look at each student’s application holistically. However, a strong foundation is important to all students.
4) Thinking bigger picture.
College Counseling is part of a long-term plan. What career do I want? How can I turn my passions and values into a long term academic and professional plan?
What are my strengths? How can I capitalize on these as I work towards high school graduation and college admissions? This all also depends on the goals of each client! Some examples of student goals include:
1) I want to get into an Ivy League School.
2) I want to get into the best-ranked school possible.
3) I’m fine where I’m at, but I want a college list for schools that are a good fit for me.
4) I really want help developing my extracurriculars, and that’s basically it. I’m on top of my academics.
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5) Putting everything together.
College Counselors help shape your narrative so your extracurriculars complement your coursework. A resume of discrete, random activities and interests is not nearly as strong as one that has a coherent story behind it. Schools look at leadership, commitment, work ethic — how do all of your pieces fit together?
6) Applying as an international student.
Navigating the international student landscape is difficult. Most universities accept around 8-11% international students and Ivy Leagues accept less than 1% of the international students on average. Meaning, applying as an international student poses its own challenge: extra essays, financial documentation, logistical questions when students have dual citizenship. That’s why it’s important for students to receive guidance based on a thorough knowledge of which schools have consistently high acceptance rates.
7) Mediation between parents and students.
It’s difficult to minimize the stress of the overwhelming college application process. A great College Counselor acts as a liaison between the student & parent to make sure all parties are aligned on overarching goals and the college list. They can help dispel myths and hearsay and provide authoritative advice that will minimize the (sometimes) contentious back and forth that is common between parents and children.
8) Access to the Tokyo Academics Network.
Tokyo Academics network spans across every continent (except Antarctica). With each member dedicated to helping students reach their full academic potential.
9) Your case manager.
For students who meet with multiple tutors, the college counseling team acts as case managers and ensures a smooth flow of information occurs with regular updates and an extra layer of accountability.
10) Working with Super Tutors.
Our counselors will not only help you with college planning but can also tutor you in your school subjects. Having one relationship that encompasses all of these services amplifies the effectiveness of the counselor’s mentorship role.