High School Counselor Week

Weekly stories, facts, trends, and other information from around the country


January 20, 2022

Big Picture

Inside the Student-Led Covid Walkouts
Wired – January 18, 2022
US high school students are demanding safer classrooms, and they’re mobilizing through group chats, Google Docs, and homespun social media campaigns.

What are the biggest issues facing college students in 2022?
CBS 12 Palm Beach (FL) – January 18, 2022
From COVID-19 mandates, challenges to affirmative action and student loan forgiveness, 2022 could be a game-changer for American college students.

Student loan processor Navient required to cancel $1.7 billion in student loans
CNBC – January 13, 2022
The lender was accused of predatory lending practices in giving out private loans to students who would be unable to pay them.

Columns and Blogs

The Next Letter You Need to Write
Post – January 19, 2022
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D. 

Athletic recruitment 101
Tribune News Service – January 19, 2022
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 

Reach, target and safety schools: Don’t slip when creating a smart college list
Post – January 11, 2022
The College Solution with Lynn O’Shaughnessy 


This Technology Helps School Counselors Better Support Student Mental Health
EdSurge – January 18, 2022
A few years ago, Neosho School District in Southwest Missouri realized they were in a crisis. Their suicide rates between 2014 and 2018 were well above the national average. In fact, this small district of roughly 4,700 children was averaging two suicides per year. They knew they had to take action.

High school guidance counselor shares viral message: ‘Teachers are exhausted and wiped out’
Good Morning America – January 18, 2022
‘If you’re not currently working in the world of education, there’s no way that you can understand what is going on in schools right now,’ school counselor Danielle Christian wrote in a now-viral Facebook post. ‘You may hear it, but you cannot truly understand.’

Short-handed high school counselors adapt to turbulent issues facing students
Hometown Life – January 17, 2022
Welcome to the new world of high school counseling, where old-school requirements (making sure seniors have enough credits to graduate, offering guidance on what extra-curricular activities students should try, to name two) now coexist with more-pressing COVID-19/school violence-created anxieties.

Dubuque Public Schools to offer new mental health rooms for high school students
Iowa Public Radio – January 18, 2022
Students who are feeling anxious, stressed or just having a bad day can go to these rooms to recover and get help with coping skills from a mental health specialist. The rooms also have a group gathering area where students can meet with counselors and a kitchen with health snack options.


Emergency’ in kids’ mental health underscores need for school psychologists amid shortage
KATV Little Rock (AR) – January 13, 2022
We’re in the midst of a crisis when it comes to children’s mental health. As the crisis worsens, Spotlight on America discovered there’s a nationwide shortage of key providers to help address the problem: school psychologists. (includes article)

Admissions Process & Strategy

The Best Questions to Ask Your College Advisor
TeenLife Blog – January 13, 2022
As you prepare for your college admissions process, you likely find yourself working with a private college counselor. Or maybe you’ll simply meet with your high school college advisor. Either way, your’e likely to have lots of questions and not much time. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best questions to ask your college advisor. Be sure to use your time well and to take notes in your meeting. That way you can get the most out of it.

The Rise of High School Internships
U.S. News & World Report – January 14, 2022
Some high schools are encouraging students to complete internships in their junior and senior years as a way to gain real-world experience, explore potential career paths and learn basic workplace skills. Once the purview of college students looking for…

University is not for everyone, and that’s fine
Tribune Chronicle (OH) – January 16, 2022
Deciding what comes next after graduation can be challenging. The natural choice is college for some, but it’s not always the best choice. More often, students are opting to learn technical or skilled trades, transition directly into the workforce join the military, or take a ‘gap year,’ which can easily stretch to two, three, four or even 10 years.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Students less likely to attend college if they didn’t think their families could pay
Higher Ed Dive – January 14, 2022
The new research doesn’t just show that the reality of a family’s financial situation affects whether a student will attend college. It indicates that perceived college affordability often becomes enrollment reality.

California offers college students $10,000 for public service
The Press Democrat (CA) – January 18, 2022
45 colleges and universities in California, including some of the most prestigious campuses in the state, will be part of a new public service program that will subsidize tuition for students who do community service alongside their studies.

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Inside The Admissions Office

Are you ready for college classes?
University of Nevada Reno – January 18, 2022
Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into college, you’re narrowing down your interests to select a major, and you might be starting to think about what classes you’ll take. Don’t worry. All colleges have a system for making sure you a placed into the right introductory classes when you start college.

Teen Health

When the News Is Personal: Teens, Anxiety, and Depression
Psychology Today – January 18, 2022
An interview with mental health beat reporter Genevieve Reaume.

How Social and Political Issues Affect the Mental Health of LGBTQ Youth
Healthline – January 14, 2022
Racism, homophobia, school safety, gun violence, and policies targeting the rights of LGBTQ people were all named as distressing concerns. Ongoing exposure to hostile rhetoric can lead an LGBTQ young person to experience anxiety, a lack of concentration, depression, and suicidal ideation.


ACT wins grant to examine relationship between test scores and college success
Clay and Milk (IA) – January 18, 2022
ACT says the funding will help simplify its process of gathering and analyzing student outcomes data. The grant will increase ACT’s understanding of student success by making it easier to observe connections between ACT test scores and positive college outcomes.