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Old 10-10-2017, 08:15 PM
Location: State of Transition
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Originally Posted by Coldjensens View Post
Our high school guidance counselors were worse than worthless. They gave our kids bad and wrong advice. Told them to take the wrong classes, told them wrong dates to apply for college, made terrible suggestions for college choices. Told one daughter to forget about college, it was not for her. She got a scholarship. Told another not to bother writing the optional essay - he wrote it anyway and got admitted because of his essay. Do not rely on guidance counselors and do not trust their advice without checking it for yourself.
Guidance counselors often don't even know the kids. They're seeing them for the first time, when it comes time to provide college counseling, in many instances. I have no idea on what basis they think they can advise kids who are strangers to them, as to what schools would be best. Maybe they think, that because they have a file with each student's coursework through HS and their grades, they have some basis to make a shot in the dark?

I think these counselor positions are mainly bureaucratic make-work jobs, free tenure for someone with an Ed Psych degree, aside from the occasional discipline problems that crop up. Depends on the school, I guess.
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:07 PM
Location: North Dakota
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Originally Posted by SunFlower33 View Post
Does anyone have any tips of where/how to start deciding what colleges to explore with your high schooler?

My daughter is a 4.0 student/AP student and desires to go into medicine, currently neurobiology and we live in CT - so ideally she'd like to stay in New England/New York. She does like RI and Boston...

Thank you!
Talk to her guidance counselor first.
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