Are you personally familiar with every college that your students have on their college application lists? When you need more information about a college or university to assess whether a student would be a good fit for that institution, is it easy to engage with your colleagues on the other side of the desk? These are some of the questions we wanted to address by creating the Hobsons Counselor Community.
About the author: Brian Estrada spent nine years working as an undergraduate admission officer for Vanderbilt University and Dartmouth College. In 2013, he transitioned to a college counseling position at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minn. This article was crafted from a session titled “Straight Talk about Counselor Recommendations,” presented at May 2016’s MIDWest joint ACAC conference in Minneapolis and November 2016’s Minnesota ACAC College Counseling Institute. Special thanks to Jessica Forniash (Randolph School-Huntsville, Ala., formerly Vanderbilt University), Kelly Woodward (Creighton University), and Nora Main (Macalester College), who contributed to those sessions and whose insights were incorporated into this article.
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