Fall is here and you are (or should be!) in the trenches of filling out applications, visiting schools, and maybe even getting those first acceptance calls. As an admissions counselor, those calls are the best part of my day—especially when they are to the student that I’ve gotten to know over the past year at high school visits, college fairs, and their visits to campus. You are now months away from your life changing!

As you go through this process, one of the best things that you can do is to take advantage of the resources that are there for you—one of the main ones being your admissions counselor! Here’s a secret for you:

Actually let your admissions counselor get to know you. Step into adulthood and take ownership of the process.

College is a huge step and it’s really important for you to take initiative and allow the counselors to see how serious you are about the process and the colleges you’re applying to. I want to talk with you and hear your questions, goals and dreams. I want to hear what you’re nervous about and why you’re applying to the colleges you are. When I get to know you, I am a better resource and counselor and you’re able to get the information you need to find the right college fit for youFor example, when you go to a campus visit, don’t just stand in the background and not speak up—make sure that you let the counselors and other college representatives know what you’re interested in so that you can see what’s important to you. While it’s really important for your families to be a part of the process and get their questions answered, don’t rely on your parents, siblings, or friends to do all the talking for you. Don’t have them do all the emailing and all the phone calls on your behalf—take ownership of your future and show us you’re serious. It’s okay if you don’t know all the questions to ask, or read them from a list!

We love parents and want to get to know them too, but if they are the only ones we get to know, when it comes time to match you up with your roommate for instance, we aren’t as able to find your perfect fit! There are times when I may know o f a scholarship opportunity that if I know your story, can match you with because you’re the type of student they’re looking for.

So lesson learned—if you want a good roommate and scholarships, let us get to know you! Seriously though, as cliché as it sounds, this is the doorway to your future, so walk through it with intention and be excited for what’s next. It’s going to be great!

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