We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. Policeman helps elderly man. Problem with debt. FAFSA mistakes. Dream job. Free in October. Ideal career. Changing a boy's world. Cyber crime. Places you don't want to move to. 40K scholarship. Bad ways to save money. 401(k) mistakes. Thank you to Kelli. Low-paying jobs. Teach English to students in China. Boy helps provide hearing aids to other kids.

The veterans page: 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. Video: Soldier and dog greet each other after 6 months apart. Happy Veterans Day! Helping make a Marine's dream come true.

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

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