Counselor's letter of recommendation

An article in the Huffington Post on "The Truth About Counselor Recommendation Letters," is a very good description of not only the letter composition itself, but it also talks about how important it is for the counselor to know as much as possible about the student - beyond the numbers and lists of activities. Because GPA, SAT, ACT, rank in class, courses taken, and other academic information is stated elsewhere on the student's college application, the counselor's job in the letter is to talk more about the person and how all of the academics and activites come together in this person, and how the student will bring energy and ambition to the college campus. When counselors have opportunities to simply chat with students, often times the "meat" of the recommendation letter starts to form, so meeting with your school counselor and getting to know that person, will help your counselor write you a better letter.