International College Counselors: Taming the College Admissions Anxiety

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The whole college admissions process can feel super overwhelming, and it’s completely normal for parents and students to be stressed. College admissions anxiety is real! However, your International College Counselors advisor is there to guide you through this adventure. They can really help with mental health when it comes to applying to college. Here’s how:

  1. Reducing Stress Levels: Your advisor can give you a roadmap for what to expect throughout the college application journey. Knowing what to expect and when the deadlines are can help you feel more in control and less anxious.
  1. Personalized Guidance: At International College Counselors, our advisors get to know your child as both a student and as a person. This means they can recommend schools that are a good fit academically and socially. Having a balanced college list and knowing that you are applying to places where you can thrive makes the process less stressful for students.
  1. Essay Support: One of the biggest stressors is writing the personal college admissions essays. Your advisor will help your student brainstorm ideas, review drafts, and make sure the essays reflect who they are. Having someone beside you who has insight into the college admissions process can be a big relief.
  1. Time Management: An advisor will help your student create a timeline for their applications – and keep them on track to meet goals and deadlines. This can keep families from feeling overwhelmed with last-minute deadlines.
  1. Resource Recommendations: An ICC advisor can point you to resources like scholarship opportunities, financial aid information, tutoring help, and test prep materials. Knowing that you’re working with reputable experts can ease the financial and academic pressures of applying to college.
  1. Extracurricular Connection: When it comes to activities, an ICC counselor can help identify activities and service opportunities that your student will find meaningful. Students who seek out authentic, substantive experiences won’t simply pad their resume—they might also discover unexpected interests and enriching new perspectives.
  1. Emotional Support: Beyond the logistics, advisors can provide emotional support. They’ve worked with many students going through this process, so they understand the ups and downs. Talking to your counselor about your stresses (and your triumphs!) can be helpful. Know that you are never alone in this process.
  1. Encouragement: Sometimes students might doubt themselves or feel like giving up. Their advisor can be a cheerleader, reminding them of their strengths and potential.
  1. Balancing Act: Lastly, a college advisor will remind everyone to maintain balance. Mental health is super important. Taking breaks, staying active, staying positive, and making decisions as a family are all part of maintaining well-being.

In a nutshell, your International College Counselors advisor is here to make the whole college admissions journey more manageable and less stressful. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them when you or your student needs help.  We’re here for you! Say goodbye to college admissions anxiety.