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The Missing Component of High School Counseling: Helping Students Transition to College
Transcript of The Missing Component of High School Counseling: Helping Students Transition to College
Helping Students Transition to College Whitney Bender, Beth Graham, Kaylyn Kitts, Tegan Prather, & LeAnna Rice Am I smart enough?
Will my roommate be weird?
Where's my new best friend?
Will I be okay without my folks, my dog, and my car?
Where's the party?
Peer pressure for sex?
Is it safe here? Eight Things First-Year Students Fear About college Stress Management Homesickness is the distress or impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home.
Homesick students are 3 times more likely to drop out of school than those who are not homesick.
Normative vs. Problematic
Unhealthy behaviors adopted as coping mechanisms
Risk & Protective Factors
Prevention Homesickness What Can High School Counselors Do? Create programming that focuses on building social skills around assertiveness, emotional intelligence, stress management.
Use individual appointments to prepare students for the reality of college and normalize some common student issues such as homesickness.
Encourage students to talk with their parents about the relationship they will have while the student in college.
Teach students about healthy relationships and building boundaries.
Create forums that address the reality of college. Social Skills: Relationships, Friends, and Roommates Students often are surprised at the difficulty and difference in making new friends.
Students lack solid coping skills that allow students to be successful in college
Negative consequences of having poor social skills
Healthy relationships and boundaries College Dropout Rate College student stress comes from primarily two sources: Personal and Environmental
The number one cause of stress cited by students is financial difficulties.
Stress is correlated with self-care abilities and family interactions.
Having good social support systems is also correlated with lower levels of stress. Scenario Questions Group 1
1.How would you have worked with Hank individually as a high school counselor?
2.How could you have helped Hank, and other students, in a group setting?
3.How could you have helped Hank on a school wide level?
Overall: Systematically, how could you incorporate this into your advocacy efforts? Questions or Comments?
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