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The Guidance Counselor has not heard of the common app

lmkh70lmkh70 Registered User Posts: 976 Member
edited November 2012 in Parents Forum
Seriously. I just had to share this. The high school guidance counselor was asking for the forms for the GC recommendation. I had to be at the school anyway for something so I went in with my son when he gave the GC the paperwork. While there, I mentioned that he could do this online. Well, this is his first year as a GC at high school. He told me he didn't know that and how would he do it. I mentioned the common app and he had not heard of it.

Just thought I would share.
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Replies to: The Guidance Counselor has not heard of the common app

  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 21,174 Senior Member
    Did they list it as a job requirement when they were recruiting or did they just get someone off the street?
  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay Registered User Posts: 19,128 Senior Member
    Oh, dear, lmkh.
  • CollegiateDreamsCollegiateDreams Registered User Posts: 980 Member
    Wow, that is pretty terrible.
  • SVMMomSVMMom Registered User Posts: 862 Member
    Our GC had no idea she could get waivers for ACT tests. Thought they were only available for SAT. She said she had no idea how to get them. I went home, googled it, called ACT, and sent her the info/link in an email. I mean seriously. How hard is it to google something?
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 29,843 Senior Member
    One of our GCs kept calling MIT an Ivy League school. (FWIW it was her first year and she'd been previously at a school in the deep south were perhaps people aren't quite as Ivy obsessed as here in the NE. I actually liked her a lot.)

    But not knowing about the Common Application is pretty pathetic. Ouch.
  • colorado_momcolorado_mom Registered User Posts: 8,447 Senior Member
    For my son (hs class of 2010), the guidance office knew that common app could be done online. But they still did it the old fashioned paper way at their end.
  • college_querycollege_query Registered User Posts: 4,072 Senior Member
    Four years ago when D was a HS senior, we received a letter in the mail about QuestBridge. I hadn't heard of it, did some research and it looked legit. I asked our HS counseling department about it, and they said it was probably a scam. Our HS is a large urban with 70% low income/free and reduced lunch. My D applied anyway, but wasn't a finalist.

    The good news: the HS has a student who is QuestBridge finalist this year.
  • reeinazreeinaz Registered User Posts: 1,531 Senior Member
    Well, it seems that most education grad school programs in counseling don't even have a class on college counseling. The Weakest Link in the College Admission Process | The College Solution
  • MizzBeeMizzBee Registered User Posts: 4,577 Senior Member
    Our former GC refused to to the Common App for students in prior years because she said it was too much work for only 1 school. DS applied to 14 schools on the CA so she was okay with his app. Luckily she is finally gone and the new GC even promotes local scholarships to all students!
  • MarsianMarsian Registered User Posts: 939 Member
    After going through this process with several children, I will be well-qualified to be a college advice go-to person (if not a GC) at a high school!
  • WordWorldWordWorld Registered User Posts: 377 Member
    This is not as bad as not knowing about the common app, but at our HS with about 10% Hispanic, they had never heard about the National Hispanic Recognition Program. I had to walk them through it after I found out about it on here.
  • CTScoutmomCTScoutmom Registered User Posts: 1,390 Senior Member
    We have a new GC, but he is wonderful. I have to wonder what kind of preparation this GC got, and whether the degree is worth the paper it's printed on! One of the licensing requirements around here is a semester in a guidance office, much as new teachers have to student teach. Ours happened to serve his semester at our HS, so was already somewhat familiar with the processes they use. Until this year, our school did everything by mail. Now we have Naviance, and everything is electronic. He's learning the system right along with everyone else, and is less prone to "we've always done it this way..." type of thinking.

    I can't imagine a GC refusing to complete the Common App just because "it's too much work." It's part of their job! What if a student applies to an international school, with a completely different process - oh sorry, you can't apply there, because it's too much work for the GC? I would be on the phone to the school board immediately, letting them know an employee is not doing her job, and asking where in the student handbook it says that students can't apply to certain schools.
  • MizzBeeMizzBee Registered User Posts: 4,577 Senior Member
    Well this same GC refused to complete an ED application for a student because she brought it in after October 15th. Again, she isn't there now. People thought I was nuts when I created address labels, brag sheets and had DS secure and receive teachers recs over the summer. Proof that it mattered came when the GC asked DS to get her Northwestern's address or she wouldn't send the paperwork. Luckily he could tell her to check his file for the label. She also hand't nominated a student for a great scholarship at our flagship in 5 years.
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,714 Senior Member
    Many college admission officers (and even high school guidance counselors) look down their noses at private college counselors (and the families that use them). Although this disdain doesn't seem as egregious now as it was a couple decades ago, it's definitely still out there.

    I wish that some of those college folks would read this thread and realize that private counselors aren't parasites who prey on the rich and nervous but can be lifelines for students and parents who are new to the admissions process and who have clueless guidance counselors.

    Granted, there are some awful indie counselors, too, and it is a buyer-beware situation when choosing one.

    So I'm glad at some parents with lousy GC's have been able to get the help they need on CC for free.
  • GolfFatherGolfFather Registered User Posts: 1,519 Senior Member
    Well, since my D is a junior we’re still early into the process and haven’t jumped into the deep water yet. But we have done some research and visited a few schools.
    We wanted to try and be as efficient as possible and see if we’re heading in the right direction. So, we e-mailed my D’s GC and asked if we could set up an appointment to go over some preliminary ideas and strategies.
    She said she was too busy to meet and mailed back a very basic one-page Word doc form letter with a few bulleted “tips.”
    We were not impressed.
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