Identify Your Support Network

Getting Help From the Right People

Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed.

Planning for college may seem a little scary. Getting advice and input from the right people can help you better navigate the college admissions process.

  • Family members
  • School counselor
  • Mentors
  • Other students

The Transition to College

Family Members

If your family supports you, you’re a step ahead. If it seems like they’re not as focused on college as you are, start involving them in discussions about your future goals. Share what you’ve learned about college and career opportunities. Encourage them to talk to your teachers, counselor, or principal. Ask them to go with you on college visits. Try explaining to them that going to college or starting a career doesn’t mean leaving behind your family and community. 

School Counselor

Your school counselor can be very helpful when it comes to planning your path beyond high school. Don’t wait for your counselor to contact you. Many counselors help hundreds of students, so step up and ask questions. Make an appointment to talk about college. Ask for advice on courses to take and resources to help you.


A mentor is a person with knowledge and experience who can help you achieve goals. Mentors can come from formal mentorship programs (like Junior Achievement), or they can be trusted people you know from your school, neighborhood, church, internship programs, volunteer organizations, sports teams. A mentor can be anyone who can provide informed support and guidance.

Other Students

Yes, your friends can be play a big part in your support network, especially if they are further along in school. Tell them your goals and ask about their experiences. Remember to support and encourage each other. Avoid anybody who tries to discourage your future plans.