Megan Rubiner Zinn is a free-lance writer who posted an article on her family’s decision to use a college consultant on the New York Times Education Section. As a college counselor and consultant, I feared that she would be yet another voice extolling the strategic benefit of finding a “hired gun” to wedge an otherwise unremarkable student into a highly selective college. I was delighted to find that the article identified the aspect of college counseling that I have always found most rewarding. Her son entered the process with the conviction that he wanted a school of engineering, but in conversation with a consultant came to realize that he had many interests outside the disciplines of math and science. Engineering had seemed the only course of study that allowed him to make use of his ability as a scientist and mathematician; it’s a conviction many students share.
This consultant began where all good college conversation should begin – with open discussion about the ways in which a student learns, about the moments in school that have been exciting and sustaining, about the ways in which the student’s mind and heart work. A good discussion doesn’t start with advice; it starts with finding the doors the student wants to open.
My own work has a college consultant has introduced me to students and families across the nation, each of which presented a very particular set of circumstances and aspirations. It has been a privilege to help families negotiate the college search from start to finish.
My consulting web site is: http://collegeprepper.com
The original article is to found at: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/parenting/2015/09/20/i-said-wed-never-hire-a-college-admissions-adviser-then-we-did/