Think about your high school guidance counselor. What did they do? It’s more than just give you your report card or see you every so often. Their job is to help you plan for your future; life after senior year. For some people, that includes college. They’re supposed to listen to your thoughts, goals, ideas, and use that conversation to push you in the right direction. In that instance, they can be a big help and a great resource. In the same way, admissions officers are there to answer any questions you may have about their college/university. In this article we’re going to break down why speaking with admissions officers is more important than you might think. Here are some important reasons why you should interview with an admissions officer in person.
An admission officer will provide you with information you may not have
In this technology age, you can get information about anyone and anything within seconds. However, as much as you Google and browse the websites of different schools, there’s only so much information a website can hold. In addition, that information is usually just a small part of a very big picture. By meeting with an admissions counselor in person, you’ll get much more than what’s on a brochure or advertisement. You’ll get the real numbers and a more realistic picture of what life at that institution might be like for you. You’re allowed to ask questions about topics financial aid and other things, helpful information. The admissions officers know all the ins and outs, it’s their job. They probably hear loads of questions daily, but it’s always good to ask. The more realistic picture you have, the better decisions you can make in the long run.
You’ll have someone to help you through the application process
As we’ve stated before, college is a different environment from high school. Getting in is also not just about GPAs and test scores or extracurricular activities. That said, it pays to have someone on your side in case you get nervous or overwhelmed. If you do, you’re not alone. The process sometimes can be long, confusing, and frustrating, so it happens. We’ve all been there. College admissions officers can help with that, especially if you get a chance to meet with them and they see your personality. If they’re impressed, they may be more inclined to help get you where you need to be. You know what they say, it’s not so much about what you know but who you know. Building relationships and making connections is very important in college. Why not start with the college admissions counselor? They can speak up for you in certain situations and help you get off on the right foot. This fact alone can be very reassuring to parents who always want to feel like their child is being looked after, even if they’re not there.
It shows that you’re interested in their institution
Anyone can say that they want to go to certain colleges/universities, but you’re not taken seriously until you act on it. Having a one-on-one meeting with an admissions officer is one of the best ways to do that. It proves your interest and dedication, not to mention earns you kudos too. It also shows that you’re proactive and want to take control of your future. Colleges are impressed by that. We all know how hard it is not only to afford but just to get into college. Therefore, the little things become important. Taking the time to do that extra step could make a difference.
Also, having an in person meeting is a great way to learn about and feel out the process in general even if you’re not exactly sure what to do yet. Not everyone has a four or five year plan mapped out and that’s ok. Even if you do, things might still change. It’s good to stay open minded.
One thing that admissions officers seem to be great at is spotting potential and opportunity. By meeting you in person, they’ll be able to see both. You’ll be more than just a piece of paper and some test scores. They’ll be able to put a face to the name or application. That’s very important in college you always want to avoid getting lost in the shuffle. This is the time when the competition is fierce. Any time you have the opportunity to meet and interact with people take advantage.
Along with possibly providing new opportunities, meeting with an admissions counselor in person also allows you to keep your options open. In person, the admissions officer may have more time to answer questions and explain things that you don’t understand more so than the phone. By doing this you can see what’s really available to you as you carefully consider versus leaving it up to your own interpretation otherwise.
It gives you a glimpse into the working world
Starting with college and moving forward, you’ll be interviewing for things. Jobs, internships, and many many more. Meeting with an admissions counselor now is a chance to practice and perfect your interview skills, tricks and overall strategy. As a matter of fact, you can even ask the admissions counselor what the interview process is like for that school. It can help you prepare.
No matter how much technology or new methods of doing things we acquire, nothing replaces human interaction. Perfecting those basic people skills is important. You can’t do that from a telephone or computer screen.
As you can see, meeting with an admissions counselor is only meant to help you. It’s always a good thing. Even if you can’t meet with a great number of them, aim for at least two and spend half an hour to an hour with them. Consider it the first of many steps to investing in your future. After all, you’re worth it. Putting in the time and effort now, will pay off sooner or later. That simple, basic principle will take you a long way in life. Good luck!