Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Find links to all past Senior Session presentations on the College/Career Resources page
Vermont Virtual College Fair - Tues. Dec. 2, 3-8 p.m. Looking at colleges in Vermont? “Tour” Vermont’s colleges and universities at the Vermont Virtual College Fair, hosted by Vermont Student Assistance Corp. Schedule virtual visits with the schools that interest you. Each college visit lasts 45 minutes with a presentation, video, and opportunity to talk with admissions representatives. Participating schools include Bennington College, Castleton University, Champlain College, Community College of Vermont, Landmark College, Middlebury College, Northern Vermont University, Norwich University, Saint Michael’s College, Sterling College, University of Vermont and Vermont Technical College.
Multi Cultural Visitation Program-University of Rochester - Nov. 5 - Dec 1. University of Rochester’s Multicultural Visitation Program (MVP) brings together prospective students from diverse backgrounds and allows them to experience Rochester on a more personal level. Admission to MVP is open to all interested students, their friends and family members. In response to COVID-19, our Multicultural Visitation Program (MVP) has been converted into a series of virtual conversations throughout November with Rochester faculty, staff, and students. Click on the title link for session information and to register.
VSAC's Scholarships for Vermonters 2021/2022 booklet is now available. Access online or pick up a copy in Student Services. Application submission deadline is Feb. 11, 2021.
News From Your Counselors....
We’re already one quarter through this very unique school year and it’s hard to believe that it’s already November! Students are getting settled into their routines and we are regularly hearing themes connected to academic motivation and emotional well-being. As you spend more time inside during the cold months ahead, we wanted to pass along some readings that may be helpful to check out while you’re curled up with your blanket in front of the wood stove.
There are many factors attributing to students’ decreased motivation and this article, How to Do School When Motivation Has Gone Missing by Psychologist Lisa Damour, does a nice job of making meaning of motivation and offers suggestions about how parents can support their children at home. She also provides useful guidance for teenagers on staying “steady” in the turmoil of the pandemic in her article Dear Teenagers, Here's How to Protect Your Emotional Well Being.
We are also hearing from some students that they are struggling with negative moods and feeling sad and isolated. The article Signs of Depression During the Pandemic helps parents to identify the signs of depression, steps for engaging with your child, and suggestions on how to seek help.
If you are noticing any of the following behaviors that last for longer than two weeks, it is important to talk with your child and reach out for help.
- Unusual sadness or irritability, persisting even when circumstances change
- Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed
- Reduced feelings of anticipation
- Changes in weight
- Shifts in sleep patterns
- Harsh self-assessment (“I’m ugly. I’m no good. I’ll never make friends.”)
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness
- Thoughts of or attempts at suicide
With that being said, we know that many teens really are doing okay. In fact, we have seen our students grow and learn new skills over the past eight months. The article Teens Did Surprisingly Well In Quarantine from The Atlantic shares some interesting insights; highlighting benefits of more sleep and more contact time with family members.
We’re here for you and your students as we continue to navigate these unique times. Please reach out to us when questions arise or when you need a little extra support.
All the best,
Kristen, Chris, Toni, Sammie and Rebecca
- MMU School Counselors
**A note about Driver’s Ed: Each year we get many questions about how to register for driver’s education at MMU. The first thing students need to do in order to get on our driver’s ed list is to bring their permit to Student Services to be copied. This makes one eligible for the class. Each semester, we schedule the oldest students whose permits are on file.
College Admission Representatives please schedule visits to Mt. Mansfield Union High School at RepVisits