Counselors' Corner 10/31/2014
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The Counselors' Corner is a series of
articles that are written by the guidance department to keep our families informed about a variety of things that are important to your daughters. Since we work with all of our students, the entire department is responsible for contributing articles from time to time. We try to keep our articles brief and timely. These articles also appear in the weekly Tiger Tracks sent to parents each Friday.

Counselors' Corner 10/31/2014

Teens and Risky Behavior Night

Crystal Collier, MA, LPC-S, Director of the Behavioral Health Institute at The Council presented an informative and eye opening talk to a cross section of parents last Wednesday night.  Her speaking style was thorough yet accessible and at times humorous.  Based on in-depth scientific data, Crystal explained the process of brain development for humans and helped all to understand the ramifications of substance use and abuse specifically on the adolescent brain.  Current trends in teenage substance use/abuse were presented and parents were encouraged to stay informed.  Due to the great positive response, we plan to work with Ms. Collier to try and bring this same information to our students.  Crystal welcomes questions from St. Agnes parents and families, her email address is  For further information, feel free to visit the Houston Council on Alcohol and Drugs here.

Sophomore Group Guidance

Last Thursday, the Center for Wellness and Student Support provided classroom guidance to all the sophomores. We discussed the importance of identifying key personal values with students as a way to find direction in life. We also had students identify people and activities in their lives that support or are in conflict with their values in order to have students move to a place of peace. We emphasized the idea that when we are in a relationship where there is a great deal of tension, it might be because our values are not in alignment with the other person’s. Boundaries were then discussed as an important way to stay true to personal values and to strive for balance in life. As a follow-up to this activity, students were asked to complete a strengths assessment in Naviance; detailed instructions for the assessment were emailed out on Monday. The strengths assessment will be used by the Wellness Center counselors during Sophomore Counselor Check-Ins as a way of matching values and strengths with possible career fields.

College Scholarship Verification

As the class of 2015 begins to receive admissions decisions, we are aware that they may also be receiving scholarships from colleges and universities.  One of the traditions at St. Agnes is to include all scholarship information in the Madonna Day program. 

We have a procedure to collect this information in early spring so we are reminding our seniors and their parents to SAVE all documents that you receive from colleges and corporations pertaining to the receipt of scholarship monies. We are unable to include scholarships in the Madonna Day program without verification so please help us by setting aside these documents until we call for them in the later in the school year.

Healthy Parenting: The Imperfect Way

On November 12th at 6:30 pm, 9’s and 10’s parents are invited to our first Daring Parenting ™ presentation by the counselors from the SAA Center for Wellness and Student Support.
You’ll never hear us claim to be “experts in parenting” as some of us have only been parents for 11-12 years ourselves, but we do have over 30 years of experience working with adolescents and observing and studying what are good, healthy practices in the home, in the social setting and in the office setting.

“Getting through” to our kids as teens is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks you have had to face as parents. And when you are dealing with perfectionistic behaviors, it seems like the battle is all uphill.
We are hoping that his parent night offers some tips and validation as you navigate this time with your teen to cultivate a loving home which promotes the “I am enough” thought practice.  The presentation will be guided by The Daring Way™ curriculum, based on the work and research of Dr. Brené Brown. We hope you can attend.

If you have any questions, please send them to

Debunking Common Myths about College Majors

In a recent edition of College Spotlight, the writer explored common myths associated with choosing a major in college. As your daughters submit their college applications, essays, and resumes we realize that they also feel the pressure of choosing the perfect major. We think that this list of common myths can help you help your daughters.

Myth #1: The major I pick will determine my lifelong career.
Reality: The US Department of Labor reports that the average person will change careers five or six times in their lifetime.

Myth #2: I can’t change my major.
Reality: About 60% of all students change their major at some point during their college careers.

Myth #3: A double major always impresses employers.
Reality: Employers are more impressed with students with a strong GPA, as well as their participation in internships, research activities, and extracurricular activities.

Myth #4: I should choose my major based on my favorite subject.
Reality: Students should investigate the educational requirements needed to work in their field of interest. For example, if a student is interested in psychology, they will likely need to attend graduate school. Some students don’t want to be in school that long.

Myth #5: There is a quick way to choose the right major.
Reality: Choosing a major takes a lot of time and research. Weigh all options including employment possibilities and further educational requirements.

Myth #6: I should choose a major in a fast-growing high-paying field.
Reality: Job markets changes, often unpredictably. It’s more important to choose a major, and ultimately a career, based on your interests.

Myth #7: Success in your classes with determine your career success.
Reality: While employers will measure academic success by the strength of the GPA, don’t underestimate experience. Summer jobs, internships, and community service make a difference.

Myth #8: Liberal arts majors won’t be able to get a job.
Reality: Liberal arts majors learn skills that are transferrable to many different careers.

Myth #9: There are no interesting majors.
Reality: From ecogastronomy, songwriting, and exercise physiology, to music therapy, mechatronics engineering, and computer forensics, there are majors for every interest.

Myth #10: Graduate programs require specific undergraduate majors.
Reality: The majority of graduate programs do not require a particular discipline for admission.

These myths have been known to guide students toward majors that may not be a good fit. We all want your daughters to go to a college that they love, have a great experience, and start a career that will benefit them for years to come. As we all know, benefits extend beyond the pocket book.  

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