Students Need to Work More Than Counselors

Students need to help themselves to succeed.

By Jordan Utley-Thomson, Staff Writer

Counselors at Valley College are inefficient and understaffed, and it can be overwhelming for students to gather information on their own. Regardless, there is no excuse to be uninformed.

There is no denying how unfortunate it is that every student cannot get frequent one-on-one meetings with his or her counselor. That is the way that the world should work. However, life does not stop and start at one’s convenience, and it is up to tenacious individuals to work around reality. Playing the blame game just creates a cycle of incompetence between the students and the school.

But this goes against everything students have been taught. In this generation, every kid gets a trophy. Every kid  is special. If something goes wrong, someone else is certainly at fault.

However, this way of thinking is dangerous. This encourages students to pass the buck in unfavorable circumstances and to avoid uphill battles. Two years of coursework turns into four because, wishfully, “those counselors failed me.” In reality, students have nobody else to blame but themselves.

Plus, this generation has access to resources that their predecessors could only dream of. Colleges post a wealth of information online, and anything that a counselor will say will also be on Valley’s website.

There is a website for everything. If students feel alienated by their counselors, then go to This forum specifically caters to students whose goal is to transfer to the UC system or a California State University. There are many other sources for whatever one’s educational goal may be.

With the internet, one could argue that counselors are deadweight. If Valley really wants to make cuts, look to the counselors and not classes.

Valley has a minuscule graduation and transfer rate of 29.2 percent according to Does anyone truly believe that number will significantly increase with improved counseling? There comes a certain point where no amount of aid will solve a problem: it all comes down to self-reliance.

Your thoughts?