why use a private counselor?
I remember how hard it was to find a college I felt comfortable with. Starting my junior year in high school, I dragged my family across Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, and Kentucky before finally finding a college I loved.
I know my parents would get frustrated after yet another visit to a fantastic school where my most enthusiastic response was, "Eh. It's okay." All the schools we visited were fine and I'm sure I would have had a great experience there but something just didn't click.
Fortunately, I'm from a family where practically everyone works in higher education and my aunt suggested a small school down in Kentucky called Centre College. She'd heard fantastic things about it and had a good friend in higher education who recommended it as a good fit for me. My parents decided we were going to check it out and I VERY reluctantly went along (To be fair, at 17 years old, I think I did everything reluctantly).
After the admissions interview, meeting the baseball coach, and campus interview we were back in the car and my parents hesitantly asked what I thought. Finally, after all the colleges we'd visited, I told them I really liked it. I don't know how else to explain it except that it felt like home. Everyone smiled and said hi. I never felt that intimidated. It was just the perfect fit for me. Long story short, I ended up attending Centre College and had the time of my life.