Why choose an Independent College Counselor
In choosing a counselor, the student and their family should do careful research to see if there is anyone in their area who can provide this service for them. Just as students should apply to schools that are best fits for them, they should also work with counselors who best fit their needs.
This is a highly personal relationship as well as a professional one; therefore, establishing a rapport and making sure the counselor “gets” you is a very important factor when choosing a college counselor.
It’s a good idea to work with a counselor with solid credentials and references, but it’s also important to make sure that they will make time for the student and their family and give them personal attention during this crucial time in their lives.
Mrs. Britt believes that the most important part of the college process is to help each child recognize his or her value, emphasize one’s strengths, discover who he or she is as a person, build confidence, and provide insight as to where a young adult can be happy and meet with success in a college environment, well suited for him or her. It is that ability to find the college or university where one can thrive, which truly sets Mrs. Britt apart from other college counselors. She is truly interested in getting to know each student personally and develop a wonderful relationship with each child, serving as a mentor and guide throughout the often stressful and overwhelming college admission process. Working with someone other than one’s own parent, often takes the nagging and procrastination out of the picture, and instead, Mrs. Britt keeps each student on track, organized, and makes sure that all deadlines are met and applications are completed early. This is a very exciting time in a young person’s life, and the role of the parent is to love, guide, support and encourage one’s child, so that he or she realizes that their value is not tied in to the college they attend, but rather to who they are as a human being.
About Noreen Britt
Noreen Britt is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BS in Marketing. She recently completed additional graduate level work and received her certificate in College Counseling at the University of California, Los Angeles. This prestigious program entails a rigorous core curriculum in specialized college counseling subjects and a 65-hour practicum. Noreen is a professional member of Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and New England Association For College Admission Counseling (NEACAC).