I wanted to wrap up this week with hope. The reason I became a teacher and school counselor was to make a difference. I know I could have picked professions with bigger paychecks and more social "glory," so to speak, but I chose education. I love watching students learn, grow, and become responsible adults.
Last week, I spoke with one of my former students. He talked about his love of music and how he wanted to write songs that moved people, showing them that they are not alone. As I listened to my student, I couldn't help but well up a bit. When I met him, he was shy and somewhat withdrawn. Now, he walks with confidence, smiles, and shares his passion with others. I am so proud of the person he has become.
School counselors have the power to connect with students, supporting their goals and dreams. We should wake up every day proud of the life we lead - we are lucky to work with our country's future. In fact, doing so helps us shape the future.
I know it's not always easy. There are days when I want to crawl back into bed. There are days when I feel like a failure. There are days when lessons don't go as planned. It takes courage to pick ourselves back up, dust off the disappointment, and try again. That's what true success is, in my opinion. I have this one life and I'm giving it all I've got. Thank you for everything, Mr. Clark!