Personal View: Are Dobie Students Thankful to Counselors?

Lee Akers, Staff Reporter

Every student in the school has a counselor. That is an undeniable fact. However, only 3 counselors are available; Mrs.Ruhd, Ms.Navarro, and Mrs.Schroeder. This begs the question of, do we appreciate them for the work they have to do? Of course, I had to find out how my peers felt. Whether the students at Dobie appreciate it or not, the counselors still do very hard or emotionally heavy work daily.


For some background, National School Counseling Week 2020, “School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans,” was celebrated from Feb. 3–7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.


In my experience, my counselor has helped me with educational advancement. She informed me about the CBE (Credit by exam) program and helped me take the test. However, I unfortunately didn’t study enough, and I failed. My counselor helped me with the entire predicament and made it much easier.


Of course, other people have counselors too, and allow them to help in various ways. To provide a more specific example, I introduce to you Tara Johnson, an 8th grader here at Dobie. According to Johnson, their counselor helped them with general life things, including issues with friends. Their opinion on the counselor thankfulness debate is, “Yes, the counselors are pretty well thanked by everyone, unless they [the students] haven’t talked to the counselors. I think the people who have seen the counselor are very appreciative.”


The school counselors receive a lot of thanks, but we can certainly thank them more. This year, at least keep in mind how much work these lovely people do daily. Without them, our school wouldn’t feel quite right. On behalf of everyone who hasn’t, I offer the counselors my thanks.