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  • LasMaLasMa 10768 replies138 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Pizzagirl Now that you mention it, that's more or less how D's HS did it. The student provided envelopes to the counseling office, addressed to the colleges. A few days later, she got the envelopes back, sealed, with the transcripts inside. It was up to the student to mail them off to the colleges.

    We (well, I) still called the colleges, though. I would have done that even if we had Fedexed the transcripts and had delivery confirmation. I wanted to hear it straight from someone in Admissions that every single piece of paper had made its way from the mailroom all the way into her file. But I'm a little bit OCD. :)
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  • atomomatomom 4670 replies41 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    If I were in this situation, I would not be so quick to turn down the program. I would notify the college about the "mistake" and see if the student could still be considered for the scholarship if the counselor provides the necessary documents. Or perhaps the student could be accepted for next year. If it is that big of a scholarship, it could be worth taking a gap year. I assume that the student has other options that he has moved forward with, though.
    A decade ago, my homeschooled son needed a letter of recommendation for the NM program. He didn't have many options as we had moved twice during high school. A friend who had known my son since he was 9 agreed to do this for him--she was familiar with the NM program and my H had written a recommendation for her homeschooled D for the same purpose the year before. Well, she let the deadline pass without doing the letter. Meanwhile, the counselor at a public hs that my son had, at that point, been attending part-time for less than two months, very helpfully pieced something together for him. She was eager to do this because the school rarely had any NMFs. A month later, I ran into my "friend" at an event. She came up and "apologized" for not doing the letter. She said, "I tried several times to sit down and write it, but I just couldn't think of anything good to say. . ." I could be wrong, but with this apology/insult she almost seemed to be taking pleasure in the thought that she had prevented my son from qualifying for NM finalist. I was very happy to come back with--"Oh, never mind. The school counselor took care of it."
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  • zobrowardzobroward 3741 replies193 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    any update on what happened? did parents follow up?
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  • VaBluebirdVaBluebird 3280 replies229 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 2016
    I do not know. I will ask my friend if she knows.
    edited July 2016
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  • CountingDownCountingDown 13433 replies110 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Anxiousmom, yup. The GCs at high schools in our area have far bigger problems to deal with than the college apps of kids with 99%tile SAT scores and grades. We took the stance that all we'd expect of the GCs were that they get transcripts out in a timely manner. They both applied to schools when sealed rec letters were still the norm, so my sons would pick those up from the registrar and then mail them with the app. A couple of teachers mailed out the recs themselves, but we never had to worry about GCs doing that part of the job.

    I had a big master calendar in our office during college app years. We tracked everything ourselves.
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  • CCsiteObsessedCCsiteObsessed 569 replies7 threadsRegistered User Member
    Apparently DD's GC at her large urban HS had kids write their own LoRs and then he would sign them. He also did class scheduling and couldn't figure out DD's to save his life so she did it for him. Not the sharpest pencil in the box. He got fired October of her senior year. Since DD was Student Body President that year, the principal knew her pretty well so was able to write the LoR.
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  • VaBluebirdVaBluebird 3280 replies229 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Update: "He was accepted into an honors Architecture Program at the University of Cincinnati and offered a fantastic financial package along with that. Because of the counselor's screw-up, the last I heard he will be going to Ohio State University. ................While there is a School of Architecture at OSU, I don't think there's a comparable program to the one at UC, where students are selected and enter the honors program directly out of high school their freshman year..............She said it turned out that the counselor was eventually able to work something out with the people at University of Cincinnati and they offered him a spot in the program. However while all that was going on, Ohio State University offered him a full ride scholarship, so the family opted for the better financial package.">>>>>>>>>>

    So, all's well that ended well. Sorry I brought it up as it seems we really didn't have the whole story in the beginning and it looked like the GC was a terrible slacker. Turns out he helped after all.
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  • deega123deega123 643 replies46 threadsRegistered User Member
    I am sympathetic towards school employees but also follow the trust but verify tactic. The flip side of this is if a student or parent ignored a school request for important paper work, the response would not be "oh, well".
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