“That’s why I do this job,” he said. “I want to help them with their lives. We want to be their crutch, someone they can lean on.”
He will always drop what he’s doing to help a student in need.
But those administrative tasks don’t just disappear. Instead, counselors are often in their offices long after the school day ends. They’re planning college events and writing grants to offer incentives to students who take Advance Placement college courses.
“It means a lot of extra work,” Susong said. “Does it become frustrating sometimes? Well, that’s the nature of the beast.”
Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.