Published On: Fri, Feb 9th, 2018

Why You Ought to Rejoice Nationwide Faculty Counseling Week

It simply figures that Nationwide Faculty Counseling Week begins the day after the Tremendous Bowl. The nation gorges on guacamole-covered hen wings on Sunday, and when America’s most misunderstood group of educators asks for 3 nacho chips and a excessive 5 on Monday, the nation is just too drained to celebration.

In some methods, we don’t thoughts. The final time we made headlines, most people surveyed felt that college counselors had been extra of a hindrance than a assist in making use of to school. Earlier than that, we had been the punch line of a automobile advert — “Your steering counselor drives a minivan” — or we had been often called the washed-up academics who got workplaces near the principal so he might keep watch over us.

However Jenny doesn’t see us that method.

Jenny was the quiet, slender woman who didn’t trigger anybody hassle, besides herself. When two or three college students noticed Jenny wanted assist, they went straight to the college counselor, who referred to as Jenny into that workplace near the principal to speak about it in a protected, confidential place. Jenny obtained assist, and have become an much more lovely particular person.

Steve doesn’t see us that method both. Three weeks into faculty, he had his fifth unexcused absence, and was on his strategy to flunking a required course. He informed his faculty counselor he was working late to help the new child son nobody knew he had. His counselor requested the instructor to provide Steve one final break, however by no means talked about why. Steve obtained it, graduated, and obtained a full-time job that paid sufficient to maintain his younger household.

In case you didn’t know that, you’re not alleged to. When somebody’s life slips or they don’t know the place to show, faculty counselors give them the area for grace and dignity to rebuild and strengthen their lives, all with out fanfare. Typically, in case you don’t know we’re doing our job, we’re doing our job fairly nicely.

In fact, we aren’t excellent. Most of us work with 450 college students directly, and a few have twice that quantity. Since many principals suppose we must always change schedules as an alternative of lives, we don’t have as a lot time to assist college students as we’d like, and most of us had been by no means — by no means — educated how one can assist college students apply to school.

I wager you didn’t know that both.

Previous habits die laborious — faculty counselors know that for positive — however when you have a minute this week, cease by and thank your faculty counselor for every little thing you don’t know they’re doing, and put in a superb phrase for them with the principal. We’d not rating successful touchdowns or drive quick vehicles, however when the aim is to drive 450 college students to win their very own massive sport, the minivan actually rocks it.


Patrick O’Connor is a 2017-18 Faculty Counselor Ambassador Fellow on the U.S. Division of Schooling.

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