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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.

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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.

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