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The Colgan Counselor

The Colgan Counselor

By Lindsey Mertins
The Colgan High School (Manassas, VA) School Counseling Department's very own podcast - a space where counselors, educators, and students come together to discuss the issues facing today's high school student.
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Listen and Learn: Being An Ally in the Black Lives Matter Movement

The Colgan Counselor

Connecting with Intention
In this month's episode, we get to talk with a Colgan Class of 2021 senior, Sydney Thaxton, about the challenges students continue to face this year; how she stays hopeful; and how we connect with intention when we're feeling so disconnected. 
November 4, 2020
The Colgan Counselor podcast is back for a new and very different year, with new hosts, Ms. White and Ms. Mertins! In this episode, Ms. White and Ms. Mertins discuss how we may find ourselves stuck in the "doom and gloom" of these times. When we are experiencing the waves of adversity it can be hard to look around and notice the people in our lives who are there to support us, our "lifeboats." We are also putting a call out for students to create a jingle for the podcast this year. Send your musical creations our way!
October 11, 2020
Listen and Learn: Being An Ally in the Black Lives Matter Movement
In the final episode of the 2019-2020 school year, Mr. Harvey is joined by Colgan Counselors Mrs. Levette Hull, Mr. Jean Agosto, and Ms. Alyson Richardson for a discussion on what it means to be an ally in the Black Lives Matter movement.
June 10, 2020
Dear Black Students and Allies
In this special edition of The Colgan Counselor podcast, Colgan Counselors Mrs. Levette Hull, Dr. Leah Byrd, and Ms. Shontell White discuss the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery cases. Together, they discuss how they have been personally processing, ways that black students can make their voices heard, and resources to help anyone who may be struggling at this time. 
June 2, 2020
"Quaran-Peace": Socially Thriving in a Pandemic and Beyond
Getting along with difficult people and finding time to yourself can be hard for any of us even in normal times; in quarantine, these things can seem impossible at times. That's why in this episode of The Colgan Counselor, Mr. Harvey, Mrs. Mertins, and special guest/Colgan Counselor Mrs. Levette Hull take the issue head on, discussing creative ways to manage the hard issue of socialization in a pandemic and beyond.
May 29, 2020
Choosing a Career: Stories and Suggestions
A lot of attention is paid today to the question of finding the right college, but it often seems that much less focus is given to finding the right career. In this podcast, Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Mertins are joined by Dr. Leah Byrd (Colgan's College and Career Counselor) and Roger Latimer, who has spent his career working in the welding field across Northern Virginia. Together, they share stories of how they found their career paths, and they offer tips on how you can start to find yours.
May 26, 2020
Self-Prioritization: Reframing How We Self-Care
In this episode, Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Mertins are joined by Ms. Shontell White, another of Colgan's school counselors, for a discussion on the concept of "self-care." They discuss some of the shortcomings of the term the way it's conceived in today's world, and then look into the basics of Ms. White's term "self-prioritization." They discuss the differences between the two, and the importance of considering oneself in one's decisions.
May 21, 2020
Historical Resilience: Learning From Those Who Came Before
Colgan Freshman Palmer Denny and Colgan History teacher Ms. Rashida Outlaw join Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Mertins as they look at various figures they admire in history (including Fannie Lou Hamer, Malcolm X, the Apostle Paul, and more) and ways that they overcame adversity personally and professionally.
May 18, 2020
"Reading" Your Emotions: Reading to Cope
In the second episode of a brief series focused on the intersection of Language Arts and Emotional Regulation, Colgan senior Marney Doyle and Colgan English/Language Arts teacher Ms. Dana Hawker join Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Mertins for a discussion on using reading as a coping tool. They discuss the idea of escapism, of learning grit from characters, and more.
May 14, 2020
Coping the "Write" Way: Using Writing to Manage Emotions
More than just a way to earn good grades or establish a point, writing can be a powerful tool with which we can manage, regulate, and even confront difficult personal emotions. In this episode, Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Mertins join Colgan seniors Patricia Murphy and Theresa Green as well as Colgan English teacher Ms. Lockhart to talk about a variety of ways that we can write to have power over our feelings and various life situations. 
May 11, 2020
The Road to College: Finding the Right Fit
In part two of our "Road to College" podcast, Colgan senior Jessie Brown and Colgan junior Sydney Thaxton return alongside Dr. Byrd and Mr. Harvey for a discussion on how to choose the right college for you. With the help of special guest Whitney Godwin, a recruiting coordinator for West Virginia University's Reed College of Media who often visits schools in Northern Virginia, they discuss factors such as campus fit, program availability, financial considerations, and mascot awesomeness.
May 7, 2020
The Road to College: A High School Timeline
In the first of a two-part segment on the process of looking at colleges, Colgan's College and Career Counselor Dr. Leah Byrd and special guests Jessie Brown (a Colgan senior) and Sydney Thaxton (a Colgan junior) join Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Mertins. Together, they discuss what high school students can do to prepare for college from the moment they start freshman year, and Jessie and Sydney share some of their own experiences from the process.
May 4, 2020
"Yes, And": The Power of Improv Theatre Beyond the Stage
In an exciting episode on the intersection of theatre and social-emotional wellness, host Mr. Harvey and co-host Mrs. Mertins are joined by Colgan senior Asjah Benson, Colgan theatre director Mr. Warkentien, and special guest Eva Barnewitz. Eva, an expert therapist based out of Germany who also is a member of an improvisational theatre troupe, shares ways that the principles of improv can be applied to help us face challenges and day-to-day life. The Colgan crew chime in with their own insight, including stories about character work on previous plays as well as a special section where they reminisce on the theatrical contributions of the Class of 2020.
April 30, 2020
Regulation, Resiliency, and 'Rona: Adapting in the Age of COVID-19
Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Mertins are joined by Colgan senior Margaret Calder and special guest Dr. Tori Stone, popular speaker and assistant professor in George Mason's graduate Counseling and Development program, for a discussion on how to emotionally regulate when a pandemic seems to have turned the world upside down. The group also discusses resiliency, highlighting the incredible ability of humans, especially kids, to bounce back from major challenges.
April 27, 2020
College and COVID: What You Need to Know
Worried about what to do with college in a global pandemic? Dr. Leah Byrd, Colgan's College and Career Counselor, joins host Mr. Wilson Harvey (Colgan school counselor) and co-host Mrs. Lindsey Mertins (who will be joining the Colgan staff as a school counselor in 2020-21) to talk about what colleges are doing to help incoming students. The counselors also get real about ways they've been practicing self-care while social distancing.
April 20, 2020
The Colgan Counselor - Trailer
Welcome to The Colgan Counselor - the Colgan High School School Counseling Department's very own podcast! It's a space where counselors, educators, students, and experts from the fields of social/emotional wellness and academics come together to discuss the issues facing today's high school student. Thanks for listening, and tune in every week for new episodes!
April 17, 2020