If you’re applying for college or you have kids who are, you really do need college admissions consulting. You may not realize it yet, but you absolutely do.
Why? Because everything is changing so fast in the college landscape that it’s hard to tell which end is up these days.
Let’s take a couple of examples. Start if you’re applying for a high-end school. In this case the need is obvious, and also higher the further up the academic food chain you go.
Now let’s look at a completely different example. Say your grades aren’t as good, to the point where you’re applying to mid-level school, but the cost is still going to be staggering.
That means you have a different problem on your hands. You need to figure out if the ends justify the means when it comes to what you’ll be paying out versus what you’ll get job and education-wise on the back end.
Not an easy thing to do, and there’s another issue that plays into all this. If you have a specific field and a relatively basic career goal in mind, you may actually be better off going to a smaller or low-end school where the outlay is a lot smaller.
So how do you negotiate your way through all this? That’s where college admissions consulting comes in. It may seem expensive or unnecessary, but a good admissions consultant will help you weigh out the choices and decide what’s best for you.
There’s more to it than that, though. These days, ancillary factors like your admissions essay, your financial need and other issues are becoming more important, and your college admissions consultant will be able to help you sort it all out.
Make sure you get a good one, though. The college admissions consulting industry is becoming more and more competitive, which means you have some serious homework to do.
To start, list the basic objective of your search. After that, put down your strengths and weaknesses as you perceive them, then use this list as a guide in your search.
Then ask questions. How does the consulting process work? How much will it cost? What will it do for me, and what things will be beyond the scope of the consulting process?
These are the first steps in your search. It might not be an easy journey, but it will be well worth it. A good college admissions counselor can put money in your pocket in the long run, and help you find the kind of job satisfaction we all crave.
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