Originally published in the Woodbury Bulletin
When I think back to my days as a student, I remember the importance and value of the school counselor – the academic guidance, the career path advice, the comfort of knowing I had somebody to just talk to. The direct services provided by a school counselor are what help students develop academically, mentally, and socially, paving the way for students to enter adulthood with peace of mind as they set out on their chosen paths.
I remember what my high school counselor meant to me. She told me to pick my dream school, pick a safe school, pick schools in between, and understand my options – advice I’ve passed along to others over the years. I know how important positive guidance is Minnesota students, which is why I’m determined to pass legislation to expand school counseling services in the upcoming session.