By: Sam, 8th Grader at Five Forks Middle School

I want to start by saying “thank you” to Ms. Ross. She is amazing! Every time I feel sad or upset or even a mix of all emotions, I know I can come to her to rant or to just sit and color. She makes not only me but all students feel welcome and safe.

In my experiences with Ms. Ross, I can say that she has helped me change into the person I am today. When I first moved to Georgia about two years ago, I was mad and sad…

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

School counselors are mainly supposed to be there for academic reasons, but Mrs. Kline goes above and beyond for her students and even staff. She gives kids emotional support and security. There’s no judgment or penalty in the air when you go there to get…

By: Anastasia, Emily, Sabrina, Sebastian, and Sophia

Ms. Bustamante is our school counselor. We call her Ms. B. Ms. B has done a lot of things for the kids at our school. She helps kids in need and is understanding when there are tough times. She is kind, loving, and caring. When you first meet her, she makes you feel safe and at home. She is like a second mom to us. Ms. B makes kids’ days happy and wonderful! She is always there when we need her the most.

She is full of energy and is not afraid to…

“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 someone at school, I know that I can talk to Mrs. Taylor. She always takes time to listen. She makes me feel comfortable and brave. After I talk with Mrs. Taylor, I always feel better and leave with a smile on my face.

Sometimes things at school or home can…

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. I found my community, my peers, my mentors, my friends, and my teammates.”

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:

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 she thought it would be great place to talk about college. I was planning to attend Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington — the same university Ms. DeSoto received her bachelor’s degree. She welcomed me with a boisterous “hello” and a warm hug. Initially, I thought she was a little loud…

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 a flash, and tells me to go to her office in the morning. Having her around is amazing. She makes me feel like I matter and that I am equal to any girl in the world.

On the first day of school in sixth grade, I was so nervous about…

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 be here if it wasn’t for my 8th grade middle school counselor, Ms. E.

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