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Heather Fitzhugh Offers a Behind-the-Scenes look at Guidance

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Heather Fitzhugh welcomes students to discuss college plans.

Heather Fitzhugh welcomes students to discuss college plans.

Heather Fitzhugh welcomes students to discuss college plans.

Baylee Kalb, Staff Writer

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As the days go by in our senior year, we become more familiar with our counselors as we apply for colleges and plan our futures. Our school counselors handle everything from school ACTs to scholarships to graduation day. Without our counselors, we would be left to handle EVERYTHING here on our own. We all know about the classic case of “Senioritis”, but how do our counselors handle the school year?

I talked to Heather Fitzhugh, the school counselor for last names starting De-Hj, and what her day-to-day job entailes. She has more than 370 students, and about a third of them being seniors. “Usually in a day, I see about 10 to 12 students for a lot of different things…[I also have] some parents schedule appointments, some pop in,” Fitzhugh said. “It gives me the chance to look up the students and look at their grades…to anticipate what their needs are.”

There are also some students that need more focus than others in terms of getting their work done and keeping their grades up. I asked about her main concern for seniors as they apply for colleges, and she stated, “My main concern is that they actually apply [to college] somewhere. A lot of students will put off applying to get higher ACT scores, but you apply by the deadline and you can always update [your ACT score] later.” So many of our classmates wait until the last minute to find out best plans for after graduation because we want to get the best that we can, and let time slip from our fingertips in the midst of our stress.

Seniors, you’ll be happy to hear that people like Fitzhugh understand everything we are feeling and worrying about. “There’s a lot of unfounded pressure and anxiety for students thinking…that [college] is a one shot deal, but you can always change your mind. You can go to your dream school and realize that it’s not a good fit and change, it’s not one-and-done,” Fitzhugh explained. “Even if you go somewhere and it doesn’t work out, that doesn’t mean that its a mistake…trust your process.”

We’re constantly stressed out about what colleges think about us based on the transcripts and scores we send to them, but scores do not define who we are. “I feel like [there is] so much emphasis on the external validation, as far as grades and rank and test scores, but what it fails to reflect is who you are as a person, like are you a kind person? Do you have resilience? Can you overcome obstacles? How do you handle setbacks?” Fitzhugh asked. “Failure isn’t fixed, rather it’s a question of how you can get to the next level and work harder.”

 

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