September 24, 2009

Guidance from Above

Or, more aptly, those wonderful people installed in our school whose sole purpose in life is to help us navigate the many pitfalls of the modern educational system. I refer, of course, to guidance counselors.

Today, during my period four drawing class, I went to the guidance office. When I got there, the secretary with a slightly chipmunk-like appearance and a grating New York accent informed me that my counselor was still in the freshman parent breakfast, so I settled in for a good long wait. While I was there, an extremely loquacious freshman shared with me her entire long, drawn-out story of trying to go down a level in Spanish. Apparently her teacher refused to sign a form, the department chair is on vacation, and the whole thing is a giant puddle of mess.

So, after my counselor made it back from the breakfast, escaping past the hoards of garrulous parents, he had to run off with the unnamed freshman in search of her spanish teacher. When he finally got back, the period was half over, so I only received a limited amount of my requested college guidance.

However, I did learn the following.
- "Just between you an me, you should really take four APs next year."
- "I don't think a tech would be the right approach for you"
- "You really shouldn't rule out Yale."

Right, because I could get into Yale. Honestly, Mr. Counselor, I think we're raising the bar a tad too high here.

1 comments:

Julie said...

quote analysis! like english but not!

"Just between you an me, you should really take four APs next year."
um....depends on what you WANT to do, maybe? there's more schedule space for taking frees next year because gym is over, but it all comes down to your procrastination to work ratio.

"I don't think a tech would be the right approach for you"
girl, you were BORN to be a scientist.

"You really shouldn't rule out Yale."
I don't want to sound biased on this one, but Mario told me that you can hear gunshots at night there when you're in the dorms trying to sleep.

Summary: Don't trust guidance counselors, they know nothing.