I've been MIA, but I'm OK! :)

Not sure why I felt the need to make that title rhyme...

I just wanted to let everyone know that I did not in fact fall of the face of the Earth! I just want to let everyone know that I am OK and nothing is wrong! :) I have gotten lots of emails and messages about my whereabouts. You are all so supportive and I appreciate your concern.

I will still be hosting giveaways of the remaning four items. I don't have a specific date set for the giveaways at this time, but I will announce the giveaways through School Counselor Blog, the School Counselor Blog Facebook PageTwitterPinterest, and Google+.

I actually have one giveaway going on right now. Head over to the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page to enter to win a FREE BANNER OF YOUR CHOICE from the School Counselor Blog Store. :) You have until Sunday, September 16th at 12:01am EST to enter!

What I've Been Up To...

Starting my Ph.D. program has been a much bigger adjustment for me than I anticipated. It was especially hard to get back in the swing of things after having off all summer!  I am still trying to get used to things and get my bearings. There have been many times already that I have thought and even pondered aloud "WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO?!" I have to keep reminding myself that I am on a journey towards a destination that I have wanted for as long as I can remember.

That being said I am absolutely LOVING my graduate assisantship where I work for the student services program for the Department of Athletics.  Of all of the jobs I have had in my life I have never felt so welcomed, appreciated, and respected. Ever. It has been pretty great to say the very least.

I am very excited to host programs to support the academic success of student athletes. I love creating and planning programs (as you may know) so I am dying to get started!

I really want to make the programs I facilitate student-focused. I first met with an officer in the student-athlete organization to get feedback on the ideas I am hoping to implement. The student athlete officer was very interested in the ideas I had and also offered great additional suggestions. After talking to the student officer, I created a survey using Google forms to administer to students. I am using the survey to see which programs students are interested in and when they would be available to attend programs. I will be attending a meeting this weekend to share some of my ideas with the student athlete organization as a whole and get suggestions and feedback from the group.

Just from the talking to the student-athlete officer and receiving initial results from the survey, there is a lot of interest in the different types of programs I plan to offer.

Below is the question I asked students about programs they would like to see offered.

I created a Facebook page, twitter account, and blog to share information with student athletes. I think this will be a great way to connect with them and will make information easily accessible.  I will be sharing tips and information related to academic success as well as the other areas that I plan to facilitate programs about.

Below are some screenshots of the pages...

Here is the facebook page

Twitter Page

and the blog! :)

I am very excited to start programs and share more information with you all about the specifics of the programs.

I just want to reiterate to you all how important you are to me! I LOVE writing School Counselor Blog and connecting with YOU! :)

So... how has your school year been so far? What have you been up to? Please share your questions, comments, and feedback in the comment section below! I would love to hear from you!

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitter, PinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

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