Speaking up

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Counselors are a resource for students to reach out and share what they are going through so that they may have that support system at school. Wingspan’s Ana Toro shares her thoughts about speaking up to a counselor.

Ana Toro, Guest Contributor

It’s difficult to find someone to talk to who will understand what you’re feeling when you are overwhelmed by stress in school. Often talking to a friend just isn’t enough. Talking to a trusted adult who cares about making sure that you’re okay, however, is a good way to get better.

Many students believe that the role of a counselor is to help with dropping classes and writing applications to colleges but that isn’t all that they do. Counselors are there to help you go through your high school life as smoothly as possible. They know that students have huge loads of stress on their shoulders and want to help remove that stress anyway they can.

They can be a great source to unload all of your worries whether they are school related or personal. Bottling things up never helps because eventually, you are bound to explode. Sometimes simply talking to someone you trust can be very helpful and who better to trust than your counselor? 

They want you to have fun and enjoy your classes. But counselors know that you can’t enjoy high school if you have personal problems that are preventing you from enjoying life.

At the end of the day, counselors are great trustees to talk to because they care about your wellbeing and want what is best for you. Talking to a counselor about personal problems can not only help you get things off your chest but it can also give them insight into your life and help them to figure out the best way for you to move forward. This way they can help you perform better in school and establish a trusting relationship with you in the process.

Don’t be afraid to open up to your counselor. They just want to help you in any way they can and ensure that your high school experience is one that you will always remember.