Meeting My Guidance Counselor For The First Time

I was ready.

I was very excited about meeting my guidance counselor. I received an admissions letter email from Long Beach City College (LBCC) that provided my Viking Student ID number and my next steps. I was happy.

I set an appointment with the guidance counselor (GC), which was for Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.

I kept thinking about the appointment the eve of. I woke up early the next day.

I started early at work so that I could leave early. I did not want to be late. I anticipated possible traffic issues.

I was nervous and I had to hustle.

By 2:15 p.m., I drove to LBCC to find a parking space. This was my first time ever being at this campus. There are visitor and student parking spaces within the campus; I didn’t want to pay $2.00 to park for a couple of hours. I drove around the vicinity searching for parking outside the campus.

I ended up parking on the north side of the campus in a residential area about 2.5 blocks away. The scorching sun baked me. My body was already sweating by the time I exited my air conditioned vehicle. I power walked toward Building A with my backpack on and with folder and iPhone in hand. It was about 2:45 p.m. I did not want to be late. By the time I reached Harvey Way, it was about 3:05 p.m. Building A was still about a block away.

At 3:20 p.m., I entered Building A. I went in the Counseling Department office and to the check-in counter. I was sweating. It was nice and cool in the room. I told the female I was early. She asked if I wanted to check in now? I said yes. Good thing I brought my hand fan. This helped me cool my body temperature faster.

I did not know what to expect because I had not met with a school counselor in awhile. I haven’t been in a campus since 1987.

There was one person in the waiting room. I kept fanning myself. Three more people sat in the room with me. I was watching the TV monitor about LBCC’s offerings.

I was a wee bit nervous. My mind was open. I had no expectations.

Down to business.

Finally, at 4:00 p.m. a tall pleasant looking male stepped into the waiting room and called my name. I followed him to his office.

We exchanged pleasantries. He asked about my name. He offered a seat and notepad with pen. We got down to business.

I told him I wanted to know the path to take to get a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) at CSULB. That I graduated with a degree in psychology in the Philippines. He offered an option to have my transcript evaluated by a third party. He called the operator at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) for contacts. He called CSULB admissions, then the Nursing Department admissions. He put together a student plan. He showed me how to look for courses in the Viking portal. He printed the CSU transfer requirements, and my student plan that listed courses I would enroll up to Spring 2018. He gave me a sheet to rate his performance and offered to be available if I wanted to reschedule with him again. My GC took care of what I wanted.

Conclusion.

Right after our meeting I set up an English essay assessment appointment. I walked back to my vehicle. Went home and reviewed my paperwork.

In seeing my guidance counselor, I didn’t know what to expect, but he gave me what I wanted.

At the end of the 30-minute session, I was desirous toward the pursuit of my nursing career. My GC did everything I did not expect him to do. He was professional, he called important contacts at CSULB, and he listened. I left his office pleased.

I learned that to be in the CSU BSN program I would have to maintain straight As and get a 4.0 GPA. With the GC encouraging me, I was gung ho.

I graduated from the class of 1986 at Saint Theresa’s College in Cebu City, Philippines. I have not been a college student up until now.

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