Distance Counseling Works

Posted on July 27, 2010. Filed under: admissions advice, college admissions, College Advice, college applications, college counseling, college news, college prep, college search, education, extracurricular activities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Jeannie Borin M.Ed.

Isn’t it true that when admission officers evaluate student applications they

really don’t know the students applying to their universities? Other than an

interview that some colleges offer, acceptance decisions are based on

transcripts and recommendations, but more importantly, a written

document that is generally submitted online, the college application.

In order for students to portray themselves in the best light, their GPA’s,

test scores, resumes, essays and recommendations must paint the best

possible picture. College Connections works with students and families

nationally and internationally. We have counselors based in various cities

in the U.S. and do see students face to face when possible. However, the

demand for college admissions guidance is so widespread that to

accommodate more students, distance counseling is necessary.

Our college experts guide students through their admissions process on

the telephone, through email, via fax and use Skype. Online learning and

education is successful and growing rapidly. Students are at ease with the

distance format. Between personal web pages, social media, texts and

emails, online communication is a comfort zone for most people and many

students prefer communicating online.

Electronic communication is the way:

• Most university applications continue to go paperless within the next

few years

• Online college applications, passwords, pin numbers, and secret

questions to login are standard.

• Numerous professors post assignments, readings, lectures and

syllabi online

• Colleges send out admission decisions online and high schools are

using programs where students receive online reports

• Face to face college counseling meetings are generally conducted in

front of a computer.

It is likely that college applications will become even more distinct in the

coming years. Video uploads are now a recent addition to college

applications and some colleges conduct interviews via Skype. Our college

consultants guide our students to present applications that are unique,

simultaneously exploring creative possibilities in photo uploads, displaying

computer graphic skills, musical backgrounds and links to personal pages.

Many of our high school, transfer and graduate students have such busy

schedules, that they prefer connecting with their College Connections

counselor online rather than face to face. Amid homework, jobs, athletic

activities and other extracurriculars, students generally like communicating

with their questions and input online.

By the time our students submit their college applications, our counselors

have a strong feeling for who they are having worked with them to extract

their strengths. If our college counselors can get a clear, honest and

accurate picture of our students from their college applications

without face to face meetings, then it is likely that admissions officers will as well.



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