In the 2017 College Admissions Summaries, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling showed that 49 percent of private schools in the United States exist. You may have reported that you have recruited at least one person whose sole responsibility is to provide the University Counseling Service.
This figure has been reduced to only 28 percent in public schools, where resources are at best limited and staff often have to deal with a variety of tasks.
And while the number of college counselors who work in schools around the world is very different, in China, India, and the Middle East, where the US is educated. It is widely appreciated that school-based higher education advisers who only serve to make students successful are becoming increasingly commonplace.
Kunal Parekh, Managing Director of Mumbai-based Kunal Parekh High School Tours, says his business partners work with more than 75 schools across India, most of them employing a full-time college counselor.
Twice a year, Parekh’s company visits a group of universities in the United States to attend high school in ten Indian cities to meet future students, their parents, and university advisors.
If an advisor thinks that one of the universities might be a “suitable place” for one or more of his students, Parekh says they are invited to visit the US campus. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the culture, the city, the programs and the offer and to establish a good relationship with the admissions staff of the institution.
“Most of these consultants have extensive experience in international education, and what they do not have is direct time with universities around the world,” he tells The PIE.
According to Parekh, unlike many parts of the West, India’s university counselor plays an important role in the transition of the child to higher education because they are considered experts in the field.
“Many Indian high schools have a university counselor and most who do not currently work in this area because they know the counselor will bring a degree of experience and ‘management’ which is very important in Indian culture,” he says. and adds that he now intends to create a similar business model in the Middle East.
Given the competitive nature of the modern academic environment, coupled with the increasing stress and social pressures faced by young people, few university counselors around the world would say that their work focuses exclusively on supporting their seniors as a suitable institution and navigate through your application process.
Pamela Kelly Wetzell, director of the university, who advises on the eastern campus of UWC Southeast Asia in Singapore, Pamela Kelly Wetzell, understands it very well.
Kelly Wetzell says her team of five full-time consultants needs to be well-versed in various areas as UWCSEA serves students from 75 nations and 100% of students seek higher education.
“I think high school has become a lot harder in terms of pressure and expectations, but if we can support a student throughout the process, it’s a very satisfying task,” he tells PIE.
Pressure of the parents
With increasing education costs in historically popular study locations, parents are increasingly playing a practical role in the application process, and managing their expectations is another aspect of the work of a college counselor, which must be treated with care.
“Certain families in international schools believe that respected schools need to be better than anything else,” says Kelly Wetzell.
“Part of the job is building a culture where we celebrate success for all, and success can look like many different things.”
Of course, using a university counselor’s services is not just about having students go to the best schools, says Fizza Suhail, a Pakistan-based high school consultant, on The PIE.
At the Lahore American School, where Suhail works with ninth-grade students, many of them believe they are looking toward the United States, the United Kingdom or Canada for their future studies. The important thing is to help the students think about their own strengths and weaknesses. to help them find the “right university”.
“On paper, the child can look good at school, but the job of the counselor is to see if this school is suitable for the child,” says Suhail, who uses his first-hand experience at the university’s graduate school. Help Pennsylvania Explain the expectations associated with studying at such prestigious institutions.
“Yes, they may have the qualifications and transcript to attend an Ivy League school, but if you know as a counselor that the child is not inherently ambitious or a competitor, or if you are not constantly challenged you want to know you’re going to be unhappy two years after his course. “
“An important conversation should be ‘adapted’ to parents and students rather than result-oriented,” agrees Erika A. Toren, director of the University Advisory and Student Service at the American School in the UK.
“In addition to the magnificence of national rankings, finding the” best “university requires honest self-reflection, as” the best “means something different for every student.”
For those counselors who should not only help students on their academic journey, but also promote their mental and emotional well-being, they must realize that a more well-coordinated post-secondary education will be another level of complexity.
Overcome the stigma
For consultants working in certain parts of the world, discussing mental health issues can be a sensitive issue or even a taboo due to the cultural stigma associated with it.
For Wilson Lee, a university counselor and guidance counselor at Yongsan International School in Seoul, South Korea, the deep-rooted belief of culture means that mental health problems are often overlooked to focus on the academic success of a student
Lee informs the PIE that although the role-orientation component of the role is his main focus, he believes the student’s overall well-being is equally important.
“The culture of East Asia is a culture based on shame, so the idea of having social or emotional problems is suppressed enormously,” he says.
“In most cases, questions about a student’s social and emotional needs arise when he influences his results or decreases his grades.
“But the parents say, ‘We’ll solve it later, now we’re taking my son to college.'”
With the US UU Lee stated that many East Asian parents believe that universities abroad will automatically meet all the social or emotional needs of students, and “because the college’s success is highly regarded.” that’s the main focus. “
“I recommend students to start with their well-being,” he explains. “That’s how I make sure the campus environment is appropriate, that they have enough support, the academic challenge, and that they succeed after graduation.”
With the immense benefits that young students receive through the advice of a college counselor, why do some places, especially those that focus on promoting international study time, take longer to include the role of college counselor? Full time in their education systems as their colleagues?
“Part of the problem is that people in the UK do not expect a university to be a transformative experience, at least academically and culturally, it’s not the same as a college visit in the United States,” explains David Hawkins. Director of Independent UK Advisor Adviser Hawkins Global Education.
“In addition, the University Admissions Service (UCAS) is a straightforward application process, so if a student in Warwick writes history, he should have actually been doing liberal arts in the Netherlands. It’s hard to quantify because most students do well do. “
Hawkins tells The PIE that the difference between the two countries is astronomical.
“I taught a history calendar 80% of the time in Taunton, with five full-time employees in Brussels, a large budget of 60,000 euros a year and no teaching commitment, which makes a big difference.”
Although university counseling at the global level may not have reached the dizzying level reached in countries like the US. UU., There is no doubt that the industry is booming and it has a value to have a consultant to help you make the difficult journey. Academic success, regardless of the success of each student, is also increasingly recognized.