Can I Take AP Classes?Depending on your school, you might know the answer to this question, but I certainly didn't. That's why it's so important to ask questions whenever they arise.
How Do I Build a Balanced College List?This one might be obvious, but it's definitely still worth mentioning: Ask your counselor for help with building a balanced college list. The keyword here is “balanced.”
How Do I Ask For Good Recommendation Letters?Recommendation letters don't play the biggest part in a college application, but they can still be very valuable as they give an outsider's perspective of who you are. I'm pretty unable to form any real connection with my teachers since my time with them is extremely limited and distant.
What Is My Current GPA?While it might seem insignificant at first, or you may be able to guess it, it's incredibly important to know your exact GPA in high school. Your GPA tells you where you stand academically, how much you need to improve, and where you stand in comparison to colleges’ admits (which is necessary for building your college list). Your GPA can also be useful for knowing your class rank, likelihood of winning merit scholarships, and applying for scholarships in general. Many scholarships have a GPA cutoff, so knowing whether or not you make the cut before starting your application is very useful.
What Scholarships Should I Apply For?Don't get me wrong: Google is an amazing tool for searching for scholarships, as long as you know what you're doing. However, chances are that your school counselor knows of a few scholarships that might not be easily found online (ie. state-offered scholarships, school-specific scholarships, etc). Scholarships can go a long way when thinking about possible debt accumulated due to private student loans. Not all scholarships are merit-based or need-based, either; some are both, and some are neither. There are essay, raffle, and criteria-based scholarships out there. There are likely other types, but these are the main three. Your school counselor can walk you through each one, provide you with your transcript, and guide you through the scholarship application process much more than any online resource could (though they can definitely be helpful).
Communication with your high school counselor is vital for your success in high school. Why? Because you're bound to run into questions that your school counselor would be perfectly able to answer for you, without the redundancy or irrelevancy Google results tend to display. High school counselors also have the ability to guide you through the college admissions process with personalized advice to fit your particular situation. But what should you even be asking your counselor? Well, wonder no more!