Traditional college students are, by definition, high school graduates who enroll in colleges immediately after high school. These students take full-time course loads with the intention of graduating. In most colleges and universities, these students are required to meet with a counselor before beginning their studies.

Non-traditional college students include returning adults, part-time students, GED graduates, and career seekers. These students may not be required to seek counseling. Even when counseling is required, many of these students do not seek ongoing assistance.

Why is College Counseling Important?

The primary job of college counselors is to help students identify the courses they should take. College counselors provide many, many more student services. Counselors help student deal with a variety of problems. They help students avoid problems and resolve problems that are not of their own making.

Unsuccessful college students fail. They fail courses, they fail to graduate on time, and they fail to attain the degrees they seek. Some of these failures are because students fail to effectively deal with personal problems. College counselors are there to help, so why don’t some students seek out their help?

How Can College Students Get the Counseling they Need?

Future articles will address this issues. These articles will identify the circumstances for which students should seek counseling. They will provide students advice for how to seek out counseling.

Some students know about Counseling, but they have reasons for not availing themselves of that help. This is another issue that will be covered. Students need to know if their rational is valid. Among other things, they need to know if they have undertaken more than they can handle.





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