STUDENTSMIDDLE SCHOOL • HIGH SCHOOL • HS EQUIVILANCY • CAREER CHANGE
Want to map out your future while you’re a middle or high school student? Are you a junior or senior who’s making a post high school plan? Did you pass your High School Equivalency and hope to attend college? Maybe you’re an older (nontraditional) prospective student? Do you dream about switching careers? Bridges works with you wherever you are at in life.
COLLEGE COUNSELING OVERVIEW
Our mission is to provide college counseling for everyone, and in particular those who will be the first person in their family to attend a college or university. The process of finding the right program or school to meet your academic and career goals, completing applications and then accessing financial aid can be daunting for anyone. We know, we’ve been where you are. We help you turn this complex task into steps that you can accomplish. We work with you to make your dreams a reality.
At Bridges, college means two- and four-year higher education at a college or university. We will assist you in accessing vocational and degree-seeking programs, whether it’s in New Mexico or elsewhere. We offer free, one-on-one college counseling to students of all ages and their families.
WORK WITH BRIDGES
We help with all steps of the college application process and our services are free. The first step is to call or email us to schedule an appointment. All appointments are held in our office (Google Maps).
During your initial appointment, which will last approximately an hour, one of our college counselors will complete an intake of your background, needs and goals. Together, you and the counselor will create a action plan to make sure that you are on track to achieve your goals.
Future appointments with your counselor can last from a half hour to an hour. You’re welcome to bring your parents/guardians to your appointment, so they learn about the admissions and financial aid processes, too.
What to Expect from Us
Our goal is to help you find the best school for your needs, goals and finances. We will communicate with you throughout the process, at counseling sessions and through email and phone conversations. We will share our experience and knowledge with you and help you set reasonable, timely tasks. No college application process is exactly the same, which is why we will work with you one-on-one.
What We Expect from You
We ask that you keep appointments as scheduled or cancel a minimum of 24 hours ahead of time. You will have the most success if: you let us know what help you require, you complete action steps by the mutually agreed upon deadline and you do your best work. You will reap the largest benefit from our counseling if you are receptive to your counselor’s advice and work with us during key points of the process that we’ve identified together.
The Application Process
Listed below are the key components of any college application process. You may have other steps that you will need to take during your own application process, and Bridges is happy to help you with these. We’re the most effective when we can assist you in working through all of the steps below as a part of a larger action plan that we will devise together:
- Learn about college admissions requirements.
- Create a list of colleges or vocational schools matching your needs, goals and eligibility.
- Develop a customized action plan with deadlines for key points of the application process.
- Work on and complete college applications.
- Brainstorm, revise, edit and polish application essays.
- Decide on the best school to attend.
The Financial Aid Process
Listed below are the key components of most students’ financial aid process. We help you the best when we can assist you in working through all of these steps as a part of an action plan:
- Complete the FAFSA annually while attending college.
- Identify, fill out and submit potential scholarship applications.
- Complete school financial aid forms.
- Analyze and compare offered financial aid packages.