Why You Should Create and Maintain a Relationship with Your Guidance Counselor

Why You Should Create and Maintain a Relationship with Your Guidance Counselor

Depending on your needs and where you go to school, you probably have a varied relationship with your guidance counselor. Maybe you see them a couple times a year because you have to, maybe you check-in with them every so often to verify class schedules, or maybe you aren’t even sure who your guidance counselor is. All schools have guidance counselors who are there to do exactly as their job title suggests; guide students on the right path both academically and behaviorally. They can help you in countless ways, but only if you build a good working relationship with them. Here are some reasons why you should create and maintain a relationship with your guidance counselor at the high school level.

They can give you the attention you deserve

At large public schools, there will typically be more than one guidance counselor on staff because there are so many students. But even with multiple counselors spreading the workload, they still don’t have as much time as they would like to devote to students individually. If you get to know your counselor early on, they will remember you and be able to help you out more easily down the road.

Rarely will you be able to navigate the ins and outs of high school all on your own, so having a guidance counselor that knows your academic history is important. Once they know you better, they can use the possibly short amount of time they have with you to get right to the point and help you where you most need it.

Guidance Counselor can offer mental as well as academic support

High school is hard and your guidance counselor knows how to help. Whether you’re having trouble with your sports team coach or with another student, your guidance counselor is equipped with ways to help you resolve conflict quickly so that it doesn’t interfere with your schoolwork. Your  counselor can also provide resources for dealing with stress, or with providing disability accommodations like extra time when testing. These are things that are much easier to deal with when you ask for help. Getting to know your counselor and allowing them to become a trusted adult in your academic life will make handling conflict and mental health so much simpler.

They can help after high school as well

Whether you are planning to go to community college, a four-year university, or trade school, your guidance counselor will know exactly the best way to get you there. For starters, your guidance counselor can go over options with you and help you pick the best fit for your future. From there they will be your best source for all the scholarships you are eligible for, and they can even help you when applying.

And as an added bonus of having a good relationship with your guidance counselor, they will be a great reference and could even write you a stellar letter of recommendation. Don’t underestimate the benefits of having a strong relationship with your guidance counselor. They want to see you succeed, and they know all the ways to make it happen, but they can only help you if you let them.

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