College Counselling Service Includes an Individualized Plan
College counselling is an important service at ASLP. In fact, all students in grades 11 and 12 have an hour of college counseling in their schedules. It is obligatory for all and the subject is unique in the Canary Islands. Furthermore, students in grades 9-10 have meetings with their counselor and parents to prepare a four year individualized plan to prepare the student for college. The plan includes answers to questions such as in which country should they study? What career or which university should they choose? Which exams should they take and how do you apply? How do you write a personal statement or how can they obtain scholarships?
Many students and parents are at a loss or need some guidance in these matters and the college counseling service is here to lend a hand. By helping students when they are in the 9th grade, they are more likely to succeed because they will have had more of an opportunity to get ready for university. They will know when to take the SAT or AP exams. They will be ready for interviews, know how to write a letter or motivation or answer questions in an interview. They will know how to ask for a letter of recommendation, how to do their resume and how to fill out an application form.
In addition, at ASLP there are also two college counselors. The idea is not only to be able to personally help as many students as possible but to also help them choose where to study. Therefore, depending on the nation that students are intending to study, one college counselor or another will help them.
Furthermore, this counseling hour is also used for when universities and colleges come and make a presentation to the students. In addition, students have also had the opportunity to attend college fairs. For example in October, the students visited Unitour in Las Palmas which had more than 30 Spanish and international universities. For about two hours, the students could speak to the admissions officers of various universities and find out more information. In March, the students will attend the SRT International College Fair.
Finally, there are other special events organized by the college counselors that are important for the students such as Career Night. This is an event where students can listen directly to professionals (doctors, lawyers, engineers etc) and learn about their profession. We have also done Job Shadowing with the students. This means that the students have the chance to visit the professionals in their workplace for a few days.