Day in the life of a GLC

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Day in the life of a GLC

Samyuktha Vellaiyan

Samyuktha Vellaiyan

Samyuktha Vellaiyan

Replying to emails, meeting parents and advising students about failing grades–these  are just a few of the numerous tasks that guidance counselors need to juggle around the clock to help students achieve a brighter future.

“I do different things throughout the day, every day, but I always have to be ready to have everything thrown out the window,” Desmond said.

As a counselor for the class of 2022, Desmond’s work varies on a day-to-day and year-to-year basis. Whether it is helping students prepare career paths in their freshman year  or for college admissions in their junior year, GLCs focus on different aspects every year.

In his daily schedule, however, Desmond’s plans for the day could change with responsibilities like investigating problems on campus or dealing with students acting against school policy.

“I really struggle trying to help kids improve their grades because ultimately, they have to flip a switch and care about things more,” Desmond said. “I can give them things to think about and strategies, I can point them towards tutoring—but some kids, it’s just not important to them at that point.”

Desmond often deals with students struggling to maintain their grade during the six week period, and he calls them up to his office in hopes of guiding them in the right direction.

“There are sad things in people lives and difficult situations, and hopefully talking to me at some point will make it a little better,” Desmond said. “But I can’t fix many things, so there is a lot of sadness, and we all bring home a lot of frustration that we can’t make everything better for everybody.”

Now  in his 19th year as a counselor, Desmond said that his most rewarding accomplishment is graduating five classes.

“I really like our team of the GLCS and working with that group, and I really like working with the kids,” Desmond said. “It’s really an honor and very humbling that I get to do this and get to have this very positive relationship with the students.”

7:30 – 7:45 a.m Desmond arrives on campus and checks in to the office.

7:45 – 8 a.m He walks down to the lower quad for his Friday tradition of giving high-fives to students entering from the entrance next to the gym.

8 – 9 a.m After the bell rings, Desmond goes to his office to talk with students who have tardies. After, he checks attendance for students with repeated absences.

9 – 10 a.m He sits down with freshmen students to discuss their schedules for next year. He also talks to them about planning for college and preparing ahead.

10 -10:15 a.m Goes out to brunch at his designated spot near the library to supervise the students.

10:15 – 11:15 a.m At the end of brunch, Desmond heads to his office to prepare for students coming in with call slips to talk about their D’s and F’s. When he receives a radio call, Desmond goes out to deal with students caught vaping on campus.

11:15 a.m – 12:15 p.m Afterwards, Desmond holds meetings with students that are suspended and then answers parent phone calls.

12:15 – 1 p.m Finishing up with the last of his phone calls, Desmond heads out to supervise students near the second bridge, library and elevator during lunch. There, he talks to students who approach him for personal help and chats with the other GLCs.

1 – 2 p.m He heads back to his office and sends out call slips to students about failing grades and other matters. However, a distraught student suddenly comes in for help so he talks about their problems with them. After they leave, Desmond returns to calling in students and eats his lunch.

2 – 3 p.m Desmond continues advising students with D’s and F’s about options for improvement.

3 – 4 p.m  He finishes up replying to unanswered emails while meeting with students that come in after school.

4:30 – 8 p.m At this time, Desmond heads over to the gym to supervise basketball. After the game is over and everything is cleaned up, Desmond heads home.