Counselor’s Corner – April 24, 2020

Social-Emotional Counseling

How is everyone holding up? We continue to check in with students and families on a daily basis.  We know this is hard and we also know we will get through this-together. I was encouraged by the many musicians who participated in the “One World Together at Home” concert last weekend on YouTube.  If you’re looking for inspiration, that would be a good place to go!

It reminded me of our need to be resilient in these times, even when we don’t feel very resilient. I usually post these messages from Project Happiness each week at school. This one seemed particularly fitting for our community this week as we move through a slump after a month online. The good news is we can develop resilience!

Here is a resource to use with your family at the dinner table, perhaps. You can check in on how each person is feeling using this Feelings Wheel:

College Counseling – Virtual University Visits

At BIS we use for students to  plan ahead for university applications and careers. As university reps are unable to visit our campus, BridgeU is offering a series of University Showcase events online during the school closure. These events are open to students, parents, and school counselors.

The next showcase will be on Thursday 23 April at 11:00 BST / 18:00 HKT, and will feature some of the top UK universities. Each university has a half-hour slot, where admissions reps will be sharing information about their institutions and taking questions.

  •     University of Exeter (11:00 BST / 18:00 HKT)

  • University College London (11:30 BST / 18:30 HKT)

  • London Metropolitan University (12:00 BST / 19:00 HKT)

  • University of Glasgow (12:30 BST / 19:30 HKT)

  • University of Brighton (13:00 BST / 20:00 HKT)

  • King’s College London (13:30 BST / 20:30 HKT)

You can register here.

University of the Week – University of Hong Kong 

Check out this Virtual Open House, an informative session exclusively for Indonesian students. In this video, you will have access to the Admissions Talk, Sharing by current HKU students from Indonesia, and Information about study opportunities, application procedures and university life.

You may access to the video here:

Summer Program

Last week, Boston University made a difficult decision to suspend all in-person summer programming on campus to keep students and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts were saddened by the thought of not teaching journalism to high school students this summer. Then, we thought: if journalists can keep reporting, then, why can’t we?

With the help of Zoom and other technology, we decided to offer our Boston University Summer Journalism Institute as an online non-credit course. Students will still have the opportunity to:

  • Work with award-winning journalists, such as Pulitzer Prize winners (and BU alumna) Lara Salahi and Rochelle Sharpe, who show them how to follow facts and get to the heart of stories affecting communities

  • Hear from guest speakers in the field while learning important journalism tips when covering a crisis

  • Connect with students in different parts of the world and time zones

  • Have at least one article published to our Terrier website to showcase their work

Our photojournalism session, taught by veteran photojournalist and COM professor Stephen Haines, will also be online. Haines worked as a staff photographer, assignment, and photo editor for the Boston Globe. In this special session, he will help students sharpen their camera skills to teach them the basics of visual storytelling.

New Dates and a New Time:

Now that we switched over to an online format, the program tuition was reduced to $1,200. We also have changed the dates of our sessions to the following:

  • Session 1a: July 6 to July 17
  • Session 1b: July 6 to July 17 (Photojournalism)
  • Session 2: July 20 to July 31

Our online classes will start at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time (9:30 a.m. Pacific Time) to accommodate our students in different time zones. We will also record the sessions to make them available to students who may need to see them at a later time.

If your student is ready for a challenge and ready to get a taste of reporting during a crisis, encourage them to learn more by visiting our website, and apply soon, as spots are limited. The final deadline for submitting an application for admission is June 1, 2020.