Intelos Education College Counseling: The Elements

"I truly enjoy helping students find the college opportunities best suited to their interests and personalities. College admissions counseling is fundamentally a student-centric process that involves developing a deep personal knowledge of each student so I can, in turn, make the college recommendations best suited for their interests, personalities, and academic profile."

 

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The Elements of the Intelos Education College Counseling Process:

These are the important student elements which Intelos will help students develop for counseling students and their parents throughout the college application process.

The Academic Record and the Extracurricular Activities

The academic record and the extracurricular activities are key to college admissions, so planning rigorous coursework that matches a student's abilities and reflects future college majors and guiding a student in choosing activities which test and reveal her own interests and values are very important in college counseling.

Academic planning at Intelos begins from the perspective of the University of California's "a - g" college prep course criteria too assure that all students graduating from high school have met these UC admission requirements. A student's academic record is evaluated every year before course selection for the following year in light of both grades and rigor to help the student maximize his standing for college admissions.

Extracurricular activities reflect the personality and interests of the student and help admission officers evaluate the nature of student's likely behavior once at college. Consequently, students are advised to choose activities which allow them to explore and express their own interests and values.

The academic record and extracurricular activities both inform and are informed by the other two remaining spheres of college admission counseling counseling: personal qualities and educational goals and career aspirations.

Personal Qualities

The personal qualities are the “soft” qualities that are evolving as a high school student learns about himself, such as:

  • lifestyle choice                    (how much does a BMW M5 cost anyway?)
  • interests                              (something deeper than playing video games)
  • personality                          (what does INTJ stand for again?)
  • learning style                      (osmosis in sleep hasn't worked, but I know it can)

The better a student knows himself regarding these qualities, the better he can make self-directed, intelligent choices about his future. These qualities inform his academic performance and activities choice even as his academics and activities help him better understand himself.

Many students are already exploring these issues in school with varying degrees of success, but a key component in guiding a student toward a best college is assuring that he, and his counselor, develop an adequate and updated understanding of these dynamic qualities.

The Aspirations and Goals

The goals and aspirations are the focused elements which develop out of the personal qualities and family situation which guide the specific college selections aimed to bring the student success. These include:

  • Career choice
  • Major
  • Programs
  • Colleges

The more focused these elements, the better the outcome in college acceptance is likely to be and the more fulfilled the student will feel in choosing among his options. These qualities are the outcome of the academic work and activities which have prepared the student for his major and his choice schools.

The Revealing Work

The Revealing Work are the portfolio pieces that present the work done to admissions officers, demonstrating that the student is not only ready for college but has also made intelligent choices and had valuable experiences throughout his high school years.

  • Resume
  • Essays
  • Applications

The Decision

This decision is often very easily made (Ma! I got into my dream school with a full scholarship!), but sometimes the choice can be difficult.  Perhaps the tuition discount is not as large as hoped for at the "dream" school while a full scholarship awaits at a second-choice school. The process isn't completed until a final decision and a deposit are made.