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How Do I Trust a College Counselor?
It is really great that you listened to your friend and reached out to the school counseling office. As you begin college, it is really important to realize that the way things work is somewhat different from your experience in high school. I assume you are more than 18 years old and because of that, the college counselors cannot contact your parents unless either you give them permission to do it or unless you are in really serious and immediate danger. So you should be able to feel more confident in speaking to them.
Also, as you continue to grow up one of the things you will hopefully come to realize is that professors, counselors and therapists are all regular people who are there to play a helpful role in your education and growth. The more you can come to see them as real and regular people, the less scary they will seem and the more comfortable you’ll be speaking with them.
Starting college can be stressful. The counseling office is there to help you through this time. They’ll be glad you reached out to them.