Well I’ve finally started the college application process. It’s something I’ve been preparing for and anticipating for a while now, but the one thing I didn’t anticipate was the fact that I am going to have to rely on others to do their part in order for me to accomplish my goals. This complicates things very much because now problems can arise that are beyond my control.
My main problem comes from the counseling office. I am applying to mostly private colleges and universities, which all require a counselor evaluation. I knew far in advance that I would have to have some evaluations completed by my counselor for college, but I did not expect it to be such a complicated process. After all, this is why the counselors are there, right?
After giving an evaluation form to my counselor I expected it to be done fairly soon and it wasn’t, so I found myself having to visit the counseling office at least twice a week to remind her. When she finally did write the letter there were a few grammatical mistakes, and now I’ve discovered that the college hasn’t received any of the information.
I know the counselors are extremely busy and overloaded with students, but this places a huge burden on me. I’ve been missing class due to time spent in the counseling office and now I have to consistently check with the college to make sure it’s done. Luckily I haven’t waited until December, weeks before the applications are due, but this is only one college. What will happen when I need transcripts and evaluations for the other eight? And not to mention, in about a month the counseling office will probably be full of students needing letters from their counselors.
I think the main problem here is that the counseling office is understaffed. We only have four counselors for a student body over two thousand. Naturally the counselors have a lot on their mind and its hard to keep track of everything, but this is my future.
I’ve been working very hard for four years in high school just so I would have the option of attending an institution of higher learning, and I would appreciate some support. Applying to college is stressful enough.