For most high school students the first week of school is over. One week down, 35 more to go. But it’s a lot more complicated than it sounds to “just go to school.” In between finding out who you really are, what career you want to study, peer pressure to do things that you don’t plan for, finding out there are more cliques than there are colors in the rainbow….and just adding puberty to that, it’s all bad. 

But it doesn’t have to be that tough to go through.  High school prepares teens for their future, setting and reaching an academic goal is one way to keep on the road for success. How can one possibly know how to get to a certain destination if they don’t have a map to guide them? You probably can’t. All that will happen is that you might end up wandering off track. Here is where a counselor comes in handy!

Each student is assigned a counselor, but each counselor has around 50 to 100 students to look after. If sometimes parents can’t keep track of their 3 toddlers at a store, what makes you think a counselor will be able to get to know and remember all of his students?

It is the responsibility of the student to meet with their counselor as regularly as possible in order to establish a good relationship and be able to build trust among them. Once trust is established, it will make it simpler for the student to go to the counselor in case he or she encounters any issues at school and needs assistance resolving them.  Whether the issue is personal or a student is simply having a hard time with certain subjects, the best way to keep on track is to ask for help.

Mom and dad aren’t always exactly the first choice when it comes to seeking advice, either for fear of consequences of previous actions taken that had not been the best to make or simply because of a lack of communication between parent and child.  At times a student may choose to replace the wisdom of a parent with the ingenuity of a friend. The downside to asking a friend for advice is that he or she may not be the most adequate person to go to for advice.

A friend may say things that they believe is for the best interest of he or she that seeks their aid, but we need to keep in mind that they have little or no experience in any particular topic or issue that needs to be resolved. Teenagers at times don’t think about the consequences of their actions or the effects they carry in the long run. A counselor can provide the assistance that a student may need and the knowledge to properly address a problem.

If you have a child going back to school, make sure you speak with them about the importance of getting to know and frequently vising their counselor, after all….they’ll be seeing them for 4 years, might as well befriend them!