Reach Out: The Secret to a Successful Seton Student
There are times in our lives when we are presented with difficult choices, the consequences of which will echo into eternity and back.
As we pace our dens dimly lit by ever decreasing candlelight, grappling with these existential battles like modern day Edgar Allen Poes, it is not difficult to see why Americans are suffering from premature hair-loss and ulcers at epidemic levels.
And though there are certainly some questions worthy of this descent into madness, choosing high school courses should not be one.
Working as a Guidance counselor at Seton for the last 3 years, and as an Admissions counselor for 4 years before that, I have had the opportunity to speak with so many wonderful families, hear their stories, share their concerns.
Inevitably, as families see high school on the horizon, terror takes hold. Which diploma option should I strive for? Should I be taking Algebra 2 in 5th grade so that I can take Calculus 3 as a sophomore?
Granted, these are serious questions, and there are many important things to take into account when navigating the waters of high school.
The very fact you’ve made it to high school is a testament to both parent and student. Give yourself a much deserved pat on the back! If you finish that and find these high school questions still nagging you, give us a call.
Year after year, we have seen that the parents and students who make frequent use of the counseling services at Seton are the most successful.
I am sure there are a number of reasons for this, but one is that it’s just helpful to have somebody else to talk through ideas and questions.
So much of the stress that students experience stems from feeling like they are alone on an island.
This sense of isolation sometimes makes it even more difficult to reach out for help. Those are the moments that it is more critical than ever to make use of the counseling provided by Seton.
Remember that we are here to help families tackle high school and beyond.
My hope is to keep providing supplements to your calls and emails, whether about choosing high school courses, applying to college, internships, scholarships, and more.
If there are topics you wish to see addressed that you think may be helpful to other families, feel free to email me at csmith (at) setonhome.org or give me a call at 540-636-2238.
As always, our high school counselors are here for you, and we’re only a call away.
About Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith is the Director of Guidance at Seton. He has an M.A. in National Security and Statecraft from the Institute of World Politics in Washington D.C. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Christendom College. See more by Christopher
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