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High school counselors help build students’ futures

Kendall Fischer , Park Record intern

They help us arrange our class schedules, balance academics with extracurriculars, maintain a state of emotional well-being, and plan for our lives after high school. They are high school counselors. Last week (February 2 – 6) was National School Counselors’ Week.

The National Mental Health Information Center said about the week, "(It is) sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), this special week celebrates the valuable role of school counselors in our country’s educational system."

This year’s theme for Counselors’ Week was "changing lives, building futures." Park City High School counselors Jerry Fiat, Joan Mills, Laurie White, and John Hall, do a wonderful job of that.

White says that her responsibilities for each of her alphabetically assigned students include watching out for their "affect, their academics, their healthy choices, friendships, and goals."

She adds that "that’s a lot to be watching for" and "it’s a lot of time." Understandably, sometimes she feels "really stretched thin."

However, White says that she loves her job because "it is joyful to work with kids."

In some cases, counselors’ responsibilities are further extended to accommodate the special interests of each of their students.

"They were very flexible," says high school junior/senior Rene Cohen, who will be able to graduate a year early.

Thanks to the help of her counselor, Fiat, Cohen can now take full advantage of her age and talent and pursue a career as a dancer.

"They’re really helpful," Cohen says of the counseling department, "they totally understood where I was coming from."

"Its fun . . . to watch them grow up, grow stronger," and pursue "whatever their after-high school dreams may be," says Laurie White.

The counselors hold special meetings with each of the students in their junior year to discuss their after- high school plans in SEOP (Student Education Occupation Plan) meetings.

"Watching the dynamics between parents and kids during planning their next step – that’s really fun," White laughs good-naturedly.

The PCHS counselors guide students through high school and their words of wisdom will take us beyond that to build our futures. Although she notes that everyone has been saying this since the beginning of time, White thinks that now, "It’s harder than ever for students in high school. The temptations, the struggles are intense."

She continues, "That’s why I have so much respect for those who make good healthy choices." Looking at the whole picture of everything in our lives, the guidance of our counselors makes a huge impact on most of us. So thank you, thank you to counselors everywhere for your devotion to building our futures. What do you think? Students, The Park Record has its own blog for students to shout out how they feel about "Student to Student" or any other topic. Join the cyber-realm today at prstudentblog.blogspot.com.


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