By Terrian K.

“My experience at Festus High wouldn’t be the same without her.”

In 2018, Mrs. Kline was named the Missouri Counselor of the Year. Mrs. Kline is one of Festus High School’s finest assets. Students and teachers have come to love her because she honors, represents, and respects everybody in the utmost way. …

“She makes me feel comfortable and brave.” — Kayleigh

“When I think of Mrs. Taylor so many words and thoughts come to mind. I think not only is she kind, thoughtful, caring and funny, but I think she is the best school counselor EVER! She has helped me through many tough times. When I have needed to talk to…

By: Merone

Former First Lady Michelle Obama (center) and panelists (left to right) Wes Moore, Rachel McKenzie Scott, Ariel Ventura-Lazo, and Malcolm Jenkins on stage at Reach Higher’s 2019 Beating the Odds Summit. [Photo Credit: Chuck Kennedy / Reach Higher]

Here are five takeaways from this year’s Beating the Odds Summit for college-bound students:

1. Find Your Community

Mallory Pugh, USWNT forward and World Cup champ, shared the importance of finding your community while in college.

“College was an opportunity that opened up a lot of doors for me. I made some great friends, I have so many memories and I made a lot of connections…

We’re counting down until College Signing Day! And we want *you* to join us in celebrating your students!

Last year, thanks to schools, colleges/universities, and organizations just like yours, we had over 2250 registered events in all 50 states (and even a few internationally). This year, we want to recognize even more!

Join the celebration by hosting an event at your school or in your community: www.bettermakeroom.org/collegesigningday

Want to learn more about ways to celebrate College Signing Day? Join us for an upcoming webinar:

  • Register: Thursday, March 14 at 3pm ET/12pm PT with the American School Counselor Association
  • Register: Wednesday, March 20 at 12pm ET/9am PT with the College Advising Corps
  • Register: Tuesday, March 26 at 3pm ET/12pm PT with the National College Access Network

We can’t wait to celebrate #CollegeSigningDay with you this year!

By: Jaylen Gonzales, Wai’anae High School Alum ‘17

I first met Ms. DeSoto during my sophomore year in an advanced guidance class at Wai’anae High School. But it wasn’t until my senior year that we developed a more profound connection. My senior counselor walked me to Ms. DeSoto’s office because…

By Rebeca, Grade 6, Goshen New Tech Middle School

“She makes me feel like I matter.”

Mrs. Desmarais-Morse is an amazing school counselor. She is respectful, nice, sweet, and has a good heart. Every time I have a problem, she is the first person I go to. I email her right away and she picks up in…

By: Gabriela, Marquasiiz, Alyssia, and Camille

“She’s taught me that there are always doors of opportunity waiting for me, and to never give up on my dreams.”

Hello, my name is Gabriela and I am an 11th grade scholar at Emmett J. Conrad’s Early College Academy. Here I have been given the opportunity to earn an Associates degree by the time I finish my high school career in 2020. I wouldn’t…

Better Make Room

Michelle Obama’s college access campaign that celebrates higher education and elevates the voices of Gen-Z students. @BetterMakeRoom → www.bettermakeroom.org

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