We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. 1st grader asks for food and blanket from Santa. Homeless to Billionaire. Which debt to pay off first. Money in the bank. Wonder. Funeral for a neighbor. Black Friday mistakes. Black Friday secrets from store employees. Negotiate a better salary. Avoid holiday overspending. 8 ways to save. Debt eliminated. Which debt to take out first.
The veterans page: Veterans Day. A surprised 8-year-old. Honoring heroic dog. Honorably discharged veterans shop tax-free. Forever GI Bill. Father takes care of 4 children. Integrate Marine Training? Robotic legs. Costs of war. Saluting a fallen soldier. 300K Lotto winner. Vets and painkillers. Vet resources. Grandmother of veteran's family deported. Housing the homeless. Veteran finds healing through adopting a cat. Wounded Marines help others.
Empowering students to fulfill their dreams through education.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
What Counselors Do Three
This is part three of a series of roles that counselors play at City College. Feel free to add to the list!
Enforcer (Kelli) – Every entity has rules; occasionally my job is to enforce them. Mostly, these are the rules pertaining to academics: To remain in Good Standing a student must complete 61% of the courses they attempt with at least a 2.0 GPA. When you don’t, we need to figure out how to fix it.
Problem-Solver (Kelli) – This goes along with Enforcer. If a student is having issues academically, I always ask “Why? What happened during that semester that caused those bad grades (or withdrawals)?” The answers usually fall into one of a few categories: too much work (AKA money problems which then turn into time problems), lack of Financial Aid (AKA see above), family problems (AKA time management or emotional turmoil), health problems, and boredom (AKA lack of motivation). Then we talk about how to fix that situation, if it hasn’t already been resolved. Sometimes, students come to me with these types of issues before they get in trouble, which is always a good thing. These are not the only problems I solve, just the most popular. What Counselors Do Intro Two