For one of Yahya’s courses in the spring of the eight grade year, he is required to choose a possible career and complete a semester long project. After much deliberation, he choose school counseling. He is interested in other careers, but choose this one because he only has a few days to secure an advisor in the field. We felt like someone who worked in education would be more willing to serve him.
Well, our assumptions were correct. In a scurry to find someone as soon as possible and meet the deadline, I drove him right over to what would be his home school high school, if he isn’t admitted to the specialty centers. We were determined, made du’a, and not about to take no for an answer. When we arrived, school was over and the school counseling office was about to close. The secretary attempted to tell me that I would need to make an appointment. Blah, blah, blah. Well, the lady who would actually be Yahya’s counselor was standing right there (they split up the students by last name) and agreed to chat with us for a few minutes in her office, maashaa allah. She agreed to be his advisor and gave us lots of insight on her job and about the school in general. We learned that there are 63 different countries represented at that school and 47 different languages. Not only are school counselors responsible for academic advising, help with college admission and scholarships, but they are also responsible for conflict resolution counseling. She spent over 30 min. with us so we were very grateful.
The next step is for Yahya to research all of the resources she shared with us. Then he will probably interview her again via email and possibly have a shadow day. Finally, he will present his findings in April to a panel consisting of teachers and his advisor.
I am just very grateful she agreed to assist him on such short notice. Also I am happy we made a contact at the school which I am hoping gave him more confidence about possibly attending school there.