Figure out how to make it work

Last week, a student told one of our counselors,

“I don’t even know my high school counselor.  I’ve had a new counselor every year since I started high school.”

Here’s what we told him:

“I understand that’s frustrating.  Tough.  You’ve got to figure out how to make this work.  It’s time to go talk to your new counselor.” 

Sure, it would be great if you had the same counselor for four years.  But people change jobs.  People get laid off.  People get promoted and do different jobs.  That’s the way the world works.

What are you going to do when you’re out in the workforce and your boss you’ve been working like crazy to impress leaves or gets promoted?  Are you going to write off your career and give up?  Of course not.  You’re going to have to figure out how to make this work, get to know your new boss and do good enough work that she'll notice and appreciate you.

A lot of the experiences you have in high school make for good life training.  If you’ve had two or three different counselors during the high school years, you can complain.  Or you can figure out how to make it work.  And only one of those options will help you get into college.