Counselors, many of the questions students and parents pose to you aren’t questions at all. They’re actually introductions. The real questions still need to be uncovered.
Should I prep for the ACT this summer?
I heard that applying early decision increases your chances of getting in. Is that true?
I can’t take AP Bio and the art class at the same time. I should take AP Bio, right?
Wouldn’t it be better to choose UCLA over Colorado College if I want to be a doctor?
Our son needs personal attention. Can you recommend some smaller schools?
They seem straightforward. In fact, they could technically be answered with a simple yes or no. But experienced counselors know that giving a simple answer won’t satisfy the seeker. Instead, veterans will come back with a question of their own.
Is the ACT the best test for you to take?
How do you feel about committing to one school?
Do you enjoy your science classes?
A doctor? Good for you. Are you certain that’s your future career path?
Sure, I can suggest some schools. Can you tell me more about what kind of personal attention is most helpful?
Follow a question with a question, and you’ll get one step closer to finding the best answer to give.