I'm sure you're right. Thankfully, no Ds yet.... I guess I just thought an honest, complete assessment was what colleges were looking for - not just the good stuff.
As for your question, I'm not really sure what they're supposed to do with any of the information! I mean, personality traits like social/quiet, studious/active, etc. might help them create a varied cohort, but otherwise, if everybody's a star, nobody can shine, YKIM?
Yes, I do understand what you're trying to do here, BUT, the counselor letter is meant to reflect
1. the philosophy of the school
2. the academic and extracurricular career of the student through the objective, quantifiable accomplishments of the student -- similar to a job resume.
The college will see how the student's personality and how the student is -- or is not -- with their campus life through the student's interests and passions that are listed on the extracurriculars document and what the student shares about himself on the admission essay.
Here's an example of a statement in a counselor letter of the not so good side that actually *explains* and tells the admission office something important about the transcript:
"Student was unable to complete a full credit of Art in 11th grade due to extended health issues that year (3-month bout of mono), which required reducing to a minimal course-load of just core academics."
And this, which just sounds like a frustrated parent venting, but does not tell the admission office anything useful:
"In the 11th grade Art class, student earned a "C" grade rather than a "B" grade for not completing all required class assignments due to lack of self-discipline."
Getting a lower grade than was possible falls in the realm of a "hazy if-only" -- that the transcript might might have been different "if only". But admission offices deal with "what is", and the transcript speaks for itself. Lack of self-discipline (or laziness, or immaturity, or whatever) is not an extenuating circumstance that needs to be explained.
I know, having a student who is performing below what you know they are capable of is so frustrating. The only thing you can do at this stage is let them "own the transcript they earned", and let life throw some tough pitches at them, because that's the only way some of them learn that self-discipline, or other mature qualities. Speaking from experience with one of mine, who was several years past high school graduation before he matured in his own timetable in some of these areas.
Edited by Lori D., 12 February 2018 - 05:00 PM.