Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wellness Wednesday: Be Yourself



Happy Wellness Wednesday!


As you were probably told when you were in elementary school, “Just be yourself.” You can be a much happier person once you figure out who you truly are and when you learn how to be yourself.

Read more here…

Self-Care:Visit a museum. Balboa Park has Free Tuesdays. It’s a great after-school activity.

Kindness Challenge:Write down someone’s best qualities. This can truly make someone’s confidence soar. How would you feel if someone handed you a list of all the things they loved about you? That's right, amazing! Make someone you care about feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Affective Statement:I am so impressed by…

Please complete our Wellness Wednesday Questionnaire.
Because YELLOW stands for happiness, positivity, energy, optimism, and joy, we are asking for our campus community to wear YELLOW on Wednesdays to help promote our Wellness Wednesday efforts.

We invite you to encourage students to visit our Wellness Room in the counseling center room in office 141 if they need to de-stress and decompress. Please have students check in with a counselor before using the Wellness Room. Typically, we have students use the Wellness Room for no longer than 15 minutes at a time to report back to class ASAP.

Take our virtual tour of our SUHi Wellness Room
To spread the good news of our wellness efforts, please use the hashtag #BeWellRedDevils in sharing your Wellness Wednesday activities.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

STEM Summer Camp for Sweetwater High School Students presented by UC San Diego


Volunteers for the Presidential Primary Election


There is an amazing opportunity for high school students to volunteer and get involved in the upcoming Presidential Primary Election on March 3, 2020.  

San Diego is unique and an example to the rest of the country as we have a long-standing High School Student Poll Worker Program.  

As volunteers, students do earn 21 community service hours, and based on the position they fulfill on election day they will receive a stipend.

We would love to see you take advantage of this opportunity. 


Questions? Contact Ms. Picos at  619-691-5564



Friday, February 21, 2020

9 days until FAFSA is due





Free Application for Federal Student Aid is due March 2nd.

The FAFSA is the application to get grants (free  money), loans (borrowed money), work study (money you work for) for community college, 4-year university, or training/vocational schools.

Southwestern College is free for the first two years – you must complete the FAFSA/Dream Act to qualify.

The counselors will be available afterschool Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week to help. We are also available by appointment my calling 619-474-9720 or email. Emails can we found at www.SUHiCounseling.com.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Volunteer Opportunities & San Diego Miramar College Science Day


San Diego Miramar College will host a morning of FREE, FUN science on Saturday, March 14th, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12pm for kids from 5 to 99 at its Mira Mesa Campus (10440 Black Mountain Road). 

Miramar College science/math faculty, staff and students will present a morning filled with hands-on lab activities. This event is open to the public, all ages are welcome; this is a free event with free parking on campus!  

Faculty, staff, and students will present the following interactive lab activities: How to Get DNA from Anything, Sensory Perception, Critters, Blast Off with chemistry/Slime, Crime Scene Lab, Fun with Games and Puzzles, Cool uses of ENERGY/Robotics and Discovery of Germs! Please feel free to forward this information. 

This event is part of the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering taking place around San Diego County from March 7th-15th, 2020. Link for more information https://www.lovestemsd.org/ .

UCSD Triton Summer Academy 2020


UCSD High School Volunteer Summer 2020 Internship Opportunities


UCSD High School Volunteer Summer 2020 Internship Opportunities 

For the eleventh year, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), at the University of California, San Diego, will offer its volunteer internship program for high school students entitled Research Experience for High School Students (REHS). As part of this program, students will be paired with an SDSC mentors and will work as part of a research team dedicated to a particular area of computational research.

From Parkinson's and diabetes research to neuroscience research, data analytics, science writing, social media and more, there are plenty of opportunities to choose from. Follow the links below to get started!
We look forward to having you join us this summer!
The Application Process – How to Apply
For detailed information about the program, please visit

For detailed internship project descriptions, please visit

To meet our 2020 mentors, please visit 

To view the online application, please visit

 Selected applicants will be contacted by SDSC personnel to arrange a personal interview no later than April 10, 2020.

Questions?

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Ange Mason, SDSC Education and Outreach, via phone at (858) 534-5064 or email at amason@ucsd.edu.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Youth Employment Opportunity Program


Upcoming Job Fair


Wellness Wednesday: Abundance Mindset


Happy Wellness Wednesday!

In life, we can choose between viewing the world as abundant or limited in terms of love, relationships, wealth and resources. As the famous quote suggests: "The secret to having it all is believing you already do". Read more here…



Self-Care:
Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, learn to adopt an abundance mindset. This is perhaps the most life-changing self-care practice you can incorporate into your life. Reframing your thoughts is a deliberate practice that takes time, but if you’re able to accomplish it, you’ll experience greater joy and fulfillment in all areas of your life.

Kindness Challenge:
Grab a stack of sticky notes and spend five minutes writing positive statements on them. Then place the sticky notes anywhere that needs a little kindness like an office, a bus stop, a gas pump, a parked car, a hallway, or hidden around your home!

Affective Statement:
I am delighted to learn/see/hear…


Because YELLOW stands for happiness, positivity, energy, optimism, and joy, we are asking for our campus community to wear YELLOW on Wednesdays to help promote our Wellness Wednesday efforts. 

We invite you to encourage students to visit our Wellness Room in the counseling center room in office 141 if they need to de-stress and decompress. Please have students check in with a counselor before using the Wellness Room. Typically, we have students use the Wellness Room for no longer than 15 minutes at a time to report back to class ASAP.


To spread the good news of our wellness efforts, please use the hashtag #BeWellRedDevils in sharing your Wellness Wednesday activities.




Tuesday, February 18, 2020

SDSU NASA Youth Empowerment Conference 2020


Haawka (Kumeyaay greeting)

My name is Lane Yazzie, and I am the Chair of the Native American Student Alliance at San Diego State University. We are pleased to announce our Annual Youth Empowerment Conference which will be on Saturday, March 14th, 2020. I was able to obtain your contact information because I work as a student assistant in Enrollment Services within the Office of Admissions at SDSU. We would appreciate it if you could share this information with any Native American students, families, staff, and/or counselors. We are currently seeking Native American and Indigenous identified students from grades 7th-12th to attend our conference. 

Each year NASA is able to organize a high school conference for Indigenous youth. The theme for this year's conference is, We Are the New Tradition: Empowerment through Education. 
With current movements towards reclaiming spaces for Indigenous folks, we hope to empower our Indigenous youth to join these movements and inspire them to create their own.

The purpose of our conference is to unite Indigenous middle school and high school students and involve them in deconstructing the notion that higher education is only pursuable by students from privileged backgrounds. We want every student to be inspired to pursue various paths of education, whether that be through community college, four-year universities, or other outlets of success. We would greatly appreciate it if you can share this conference information with prospective Indigenous youth because we want to increase our attendance for this year's conference! 

THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS FEBRUARY 28th, 2019 at 12 PM. 
REGISTRATION FORM: HERE

We will be posting conference updates on our Facebook and Instagram (@SDSUNASA). 
If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions or concerns, please email us at NASA.SDSU.YEC@gmail.com 

Thank you for your time, we hope to see you at our Annual Youth Empowerment Conference. 

SDSU Hispanic Business Student Association High School Conference


The Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) at San Diego State University is pleased to announce its Annual High School Conference taking place on March 7, 2020 from 8:30am to 4pm. HBSA’s mission for our Annual High School Conference is to bring diverse students, particularly those from underprivileged backgrounds that may not have the necessary resources, onto a college campus and instill higher education into their minds.

We hope to invoke professionalism and leadership development that will help students succeed throughout their academic and individual careers. With education as our main purpose, we will instill students into pursuing a higher education; whether through a Community College or a 4-year University.

We would like to extend an invitation to students at your school to join us for our FREE High School Conference. It will be a great opportunity for students to learn about San Diego State University and what it has to offer. This conference will include guest speakers, workshops, a campus tour and complimentary breakfast and lunch.

In addition, We are pleased to announce that this year we will be offering two scholarships, open to any grade level, each worth $250. All scholarship applications must be turned in by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1st.

If you have any questions please feel free to email us and we will gladly respond in a timely manner. Additional information regarding parking, room locations, and further details will be sent out as the conference date approaches.

HBSA: http://www.hbsa-highschoolconference.org/

Link to RSVP: https://forms.gle/UCziS6C48jBY6F4u5

Sincerely,
Omar MagaƱa & Manuel Banda
High School Conference Coordinators
Hispanic Business Student Association
hbsa.hs.conference@gmail.com

Engineering Day at the Mall



Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wellness Wednesday: Benefits of Being Outside

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

Being outside can improve memory, fight depression, and lower blood pressure — here are 12 science-backed reasons to spend more time outdoors. Read more here…


Self-Care Tip:
Go outside and watch the clouds. Focus on your breathing.

Kindness Challenge:
Make a Valentines card for everyone in your class / office / department

Affective Statement:
I am grateful that/for…


Because YELLOW stands for happiness, positivity, energy, optimism, and joy, we are asking for our campus community to wear YELLOW on Wednesdays to help promote our Wellness Wednesday efforts. 

We invite you to encourage students to visit our Wellness Room in the counseling center room in office 141 if they need to de-stress and decompress. Please have students check in with a counselor before using the Wellness Room. Typically, we have students use the Wellness Room for no longer than 15 minutes at a time to report back to class ASAP.


To spread the good news of our wellness efforts, please use the hashtag #BeWellRedDevils in sharing your Wellness Wednesday activities.

Friday, February 7, 2020

FAFSA FRENZY FRIDAY UPDATE

FAFSA/DREAM ACT FRENZY FRIDAY UPDATE

WOOHOO!!!!  Thank you to all that have been helping/supporting our 12th graders with their FAFSA/Dream Act application. 

We now have 192 applications submitted putting us at 26%.  Please keep encouraging your 12th graders. 

Counseling Center open after school Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday to help J




Grossmont College Super Saturday


#NSCW2020: SUHi Counseling Online Resources


We are celebrating National School Counseling Week. 

Today, let’s talk about how resilience can contribute to healing and well-being. Christopher Reeve played one of the greatest heroes of all-time – Superman – in four movies. But a horse-riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, proving humans are more vulnerable than the characters they play on stage and screen. Reeve devoted the last decade of his life to finding a cure for paralysis, raising millions of dollars through his foundation. 

He once said, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” His resilience and grit in the face of tragedy, not his costume or his on-screen superpower, are what made him a true hero. 

What can you do to help others who are struggling or in need? What can others do to help you become more resilient in your life? 

Give this some thought and come see me if you’d like to talk. Be someone’s hero today.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

#NSCW2020: Counseling Center Study Space


This week, we are celebrating National School Counseling Week. 

One of our goals is to help you learn new skills to help you succeed. 

Facing your fears is one of those skills, and it’s one I have to practice, too. 

Determination, self-confidence, and bravery – all of which are characteristics of resilience – can be hard. But being brave, determined and self-confident starts with standing up to fear. 

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “We gain strength and courage by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face.” Or, as comedian Tina Fey put it, “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide over-thinking it. You have to go down the chute.” 

If you ever want to chat about your fears and ways to overcome them, feel free to stop by and talk to me. I’m here to help! And maybe I’ll tell you about a few of my fears, too.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

#NSCW2020: Wellness Room and Wellness Wednesday


This week, we are celebrating National School Counseling Week. 

Did you know that your attitude can help you take on the challenges and obstacles you face in your daily life? We all know people who are grumpy. 

Or negative. Or ungrateful. They find it easier to complain about their obstacles than to work through them. 

But as Michael Jordan once said, “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.” 

Babe Ruth, one of the greatest baseball players ever, had a similar attitude. “Every strike,” he said, “brings me closer to the next home run.” And he hit 714 home runs, a record that stood for almost 40 years. 

Take a moment to think about your attitude. Do you approach things positively or negatively? Do you reach out to others for support? 

Reach out to me. Feel free to stop by my office anytime.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Credit Recovery Applications are Now Available

Pick up your credit recovery applications NOW at the counseling center.

They are due February 12.

See your counseling if you have questions.

#NSCW2020: Welcome to SUHi Counseling Center


Good morning. Today is the 2nd day of National School Counseling Week. 

Our focus for the week is “Resilience,” the inner strength that helps you overcome the challenges and obstacles you have in life to help you become a better human. 

Maya Angelou, the great writer and poet, faced a lot of struggles and traumas during her childhood. She moved from one family to another, where she witnessed and was a victim of violence. But she never gave up pursuing her dreams. She once said, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” 

As your school counselor, I’m here to help you work on the skills that will help you become resilient so you can pursue all of your dreams. 

Come by and talk to me soon, and let’s make today great! 

Monday, February 3, 2020

National School Counseling Week #NSCW2020


This week is National School Counseling Week. 

Like everyone at our school, the school counseling staff is here to help you succeed. 

We are here to help you become resilient learners who find ways to overcome challenges, to think and act for yourselves, to take responsibility for your mistakes and celebrate your successes so you can do better and be better each day. 

Resilience requires courage that starts inside you. As Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final and failure is not fatal, but courage is what counts.” 

The great Nelson Mandela believed that courage was the triumph over fear. 

As your school counselors, we are here to help you develop that courage, that grit that is so necessary in all parts of your life. Our door is open, and we are here to listen and to help. 

Stay tuned this week for more National School Counseling Week updates from our counseling team!