Counselors: Here to Help

Erin>>This journey was not designed to be done on your own. it was actually designed to be done with partners in place and those partners are counselors, other faculty members. Kevin>>Its important for students to come in to talk about what their goal is, you know, their educational goal also their career goal, so they can create a plan on how to best achieve those goals. Leroy>>When I meet with new students I say, “you should have a lot of questions and we’ve only got an hour.” And its a complex system to know when do I apply for transfer? What internships are there for my field? How do I decide on a correct major? Denise>>It is so important for a student to see a counselor because we will help them define their goal, and based on this goal, you have A, B and C options, and this is the way that road’s gonna look for each one of those options. And depending on the student maybe one option is better than the other so we’re basically working as a team, just kind of defining what that best option is for that student. Kevin>>And having met with so many students over the years, we’ve seen so many different scenarios of challenges that students face, and potential obstacles, and we’ve also learned in the process of working with them, how to overcome them. Erin>>For most of our students, and most of the counselors that work here, their journey mirrors most of our journeys and so we can empathize, we are right their with them Denise>>I was the first in my family to graduate from high school, the first to go to college, so I made so many mistakes. I took so many classes I didn’t need and I pride myself in being able to help students avoid that. To help them have a very clear path to where they want to go. Kevin>>We can help them get from point A to point B in the best, most efficient and productive way. Erin>>Some students come to us knowing exactly what they want to do and how they want to get there, and they’re just looking for a little bit of support in terms of educational planning. Other students have no idea what they want to do with their career, so we can help them through a series of counseling appointments, through workshops, through personal growth classes we can help them clearly identify what their goal is gonna be. Leroy>>Everyone I’ve ever met that’s been in the counseling field is there to help. They’re thinking, “I can be a motivator for somebody, I can change their direction. I can be their cheering squad.” And you can, and those things are powerful for people, because when somebody else believes you can do it then you believe you can do it.

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