An open letter to my high school guidance counselor:
I grew up in a very large school district and for that reason, my parents decided to send my siblings and I to a different school district than the one we lived in. That is how I came to be a Bulldog. To me, being a Bulldog, is having pride in your small town no matter what. It means showing up to the sports events to cheer on your fellow classmates. It means having school spirit, and it means building each other up instead of putting each other down. I learned this in large from the students who surrounded me, the teachers who helped mold me, and my high school guidance counselor.
Do you have someone in your life who makes you laugh? Do you have someone in your life that cares for the people that they interact with and makes no judgments? How about someone who knows when you need a mental or academic break and lets you take it? For me that person was Paula Shaw or P. Shaw as the hippest students called her.
So P. Shaw, thank you for guiding me through high school. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of something bigger than myself (Freshmen Focus), and for helping me grow to be a leader. Thank you for inviting me along to Columbus to speak in front of important people. Thank you for letting me write a grant proposal and showing me how to be professional at such a young age. Thank you for caring, not only for me but for every single student who walked into the doors of Milton Union High School. Thank you for being a friend, a guidance counselor, and a person. Thank you for showing people that it’s ok to make mistakes. Thank you for showing me that it’s ok to make mistakes. Thanks for making me laugh when things got intense.
You have helped me grow in more ways than you know. If I ever need anybody in my life to call or to talk to, I know that you will be there for me. High school for me wouldn’t have been the same without you there reminding me to check my freshmen’s grades. Because of you I am blessed with the best memories of eating lunch in your office and talking to you after school, and traveling to Columbus with you.
Thank you for caring. Thanks for being you.
I hope that someday I can help somebody the same way that you’ve helped me and so many more students from Milton Union High School.