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Counselors guide students to success

The counseling office prepares to open its doors to students.

The counseling office prepares to open its doors to students.

Myel Solorzano

The counseling office prepares to open its doors to students.

Myel Solorzano

Myel Solorzano

The counseling office prepares to open its doors to students.

Julia Miller, Santa Fe Staff Writer

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As the first semester of the school year draws to a close, Santa Fe students look forward to second semester and the time ahead. Schedules for next semester have already been delivered to classes but some students are still struggling to determine their plans for the future that stretches beyond second semester.

Santa Fe’s counselors have anticipated this uncertainty and prepare to meet with high school students during February and March to discuss the following school year and help these students develop solid goals for the future.

“I ask students what their plans are after high school and plan for that keeping in mind that students frequently change their minds about college majors and careers,” counselor Linda Hood said. “Depending on their answers, I make suggestions for course selection and other things like college visits and gathering information.”

The school’s counselors, Hood explains, have developed their experience by attending various events regarding programs and options for students. Using the information they attain at these events, they can then apply it by passing on this information to students seeking assistance.

“The most informed students usually are the most successful,” Hood said. “Communication between students and counselors is key.”

Counselor Deanna Fleck shares similar ideas.

“We sit down and talk with students about their credits, their future goals, their grades… usually just talking to them draws out what they’re interested in,” Fleck said.

Fleck states that counselors meet yearly with their respective students to develop career decisions and direct these “future goals.”

Nevertheless, this does not mean that students should not carry out their own research. There are many websites and reading materials that can provide guidance. Hood recommends students visit sites such as OKcollegestart.org and read the provided course descriptions on edmondschools.net. She also suggests that students speak with military recruiters as well as Santa Fe’s career counselor Jerri Williams. In addition, students are advised to remain open-minded when they investigate different fields, as their objectives are liable to change as they continue high school.

For more information, contact counselors Linda Hood, Deanna Fleck, Lindsey Williams, Stephanie Hanson and Jerri Williams.

For for more information on this article, contact Julia Miller at [email protected].

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