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A big shout out to all the school counselors out there

Kat Swantak, Assistant Dean of Admission

Can we just take a moment to give a huge round of applause to all the hardworking school counselors out there?

This year has been absolutely bonkers when it comes to getting students ready for college. As if applying to college wasn’t hard enough, COVID-19 put a huge wrench in the process. No, wait. I take that back, make that like 10 wrenches. Heck toss a screwdriver and a hammer in there too. Every year, standardized testing policies change, application deadlines get extended, and lists or requirements grow longer. But what stays consistent is the true dedication school counselors have to their students’ success.

If you’re a school counselor, thank you. I can’t even count how many calls I’ve had with you to advocate for your students that happen after school hours or even over the weekend. I can’t imagine how huge your caseload is, yet I always see you make time for your students. You field emails from stressed students and parents on Saturdays, and you assure them that colleges actually did receive your their scores even though they may have received an email saying we haven’t.

And that’s just the beginning of everything you do for students when there ISN’T a pandemic happening. It’s so much harder to support your students when you can’t physically be there with them. On top that it’s even harder than that when you need support yourselves at a time where the future is so uncertain and everything is frankly terrifying. Yet, in spite of it all, you stay strong for your students because you have to be, and because they deserve it. It’s June now, and most of your kids have probably deposited. You know how they even got to this point? It’s because you went above and beyond the call of duty for every single one of them.

Students and parents, be grateful to your counselor and give them a huge thank you. There is so much more that goes into the college application process behind the scenes than you know.

So, college counselors, school and guidance counselors, and independent counselors, I thank you for everything you’ve done. You truly are the unsung heroes of college admissions.

As always, it’s a great day to be an Eagle!