Like many of you, I credit my Mom with being my biggest fan in my athletic career. I also had the honor of my Mom taking a bigger role in my recruiting process as my high school’s guidance counselor as well. I know when I was a teenager, I did not think that my Mom knew everything, but I knew this was one area where she is an expert. Here, she shares some ideas with all of you on creating a great relationship with your guidance counselor & making sure they play an active role in your recruiting team. —Alison Vincent, senior track & field and cross country head recruiting coach
Introduce yourself to your guidance counselor
As a freshman, make an appointment to meet with your counselor, letting them know who you are and your goals for your high school career & intent to go onto college.
Go over the information from the NCAA on the classes that your school offers that they accept under the core course requirements. Work on a 4-year plan with your counselor to ensure you are taking the right classes for graduation requirements, NCAA requirements and college admission.
This will help you to be sure that you’ll be eligible to play in college immediately upon graduation your senior year.
Your guidance counselor is your ally
Meet with your counselor every semester to discuss your grades and plan your classes for the future.
If you are struggling in a class, connect with the teacher first, but then use your counselor as a back-up if you need some extra help.
Use your guidance counselor’s expertise to get your paperwork in order
When you request a transcript be sent to the NCAA or a college, request it from the counselor and then follow up on that request in a week to make sure it was completed.
This is important: while your guidance counselor is there to help you send the necessary paperwork to schools, your recruiting is your responsibility. Learn more about how you can take control of your recruiting.
Guidance counselors can help you maximize your financial aid
Don’t forget that standardized tests can help you prepare for many different types of college aid, in addition to helping you pass the standards for admission for a school.
Sign up for the PSAT & PLAN tests to prepare for your ACT/SAT. The PSAT is required to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program and is a practice SAT. The PLAN is a practice ACT that will give you an idea of what areas you need to focus on to study for the ACT.
Apply for local scholarships – your guidance counselors likely facilitate and solicit many of these, so they can be a huge help in filling out applications for that funding.
And remember: your counselor is trained to help your reach your goals, whatever they are.
About guidance counselor Peggy Morgan
Peggy Morgan is a 35 year veteran of teaching & counseling. After spending 25 years as a high school English teacher, she shifted focus & became a Guidance Counselor for the last 10 years of her career. She helped thousands of students realize their goals & dreams for their college education. Her other role is as a Mom to our own Alison Vincent who in turn has helped thousands of student-athletes realize their goals and dream in their recruiting process.
Want to learn even more tips about how to take control of the recruiting process? The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.