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.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

What Counselors Do Two

This is part two of a series of roles that counselors play at City College.  Feel free to add to the list!  

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“Daydream Believer”(Kelli) – Sometimes I think the most difficult part of college isn’t the classes.  Show up, participate, do the work, and the grade follows.  The hardest thing is walking into an office with a total stranger and sharing your “Dream.”  You know what I mean.  You want to become a nurse, or an actor, or a therapist, or a doctor.  Your family and friends would think you’re crazy if you told them, so you haven’t. They think you’re going to college just to get a better job.  A huge part of my job is to take your dream seriously.  I believe that you can do it.  Make no mistake, I’m going to ask probing questions and force you to face reality – you need to know what you’re getting yourself into – but I’m not going to laugh at you or tell you that you shouldn’t do it because it’s not practical.

Prober (Ray) – This goes with daydream believer. You want to be a business major. What does that mean? Let’s look closer. Do you see owning a business? Going into marketing and advertising? Accounting? If you want to run a business, what kind? What does it look like? What kind of product or service? This isn’t to be nosey. It’s to help you get a clear idea of your vision. And if you’re not clear, then I assign research and detective work.

Sounding Board (Ray) – You know what you want; you just need to say it to someone who’s really listening.

What Counselors Do

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