NEW with AzSOC!

Students, you can now schedule a one-on-one meeting with your AzSOC counselor!

We can help with questions about college, career, goals, study skills, navigating friendships, mental health strategies, and more!

To schedule your meeting, go to: https://calendly.com/azsoc-counselors or access it through the AzSOC Counseling Center in Canvas.

Choose a date and time that works for you to meet with an AzSOC Counselor.  Select your preferred slot and schedule your appointment today!

Women’s History Month 2024

Women’s History Month is a month dedicated to honoring women’s contributions in US history. The first presidential proclamation for National Women’s History Week was issued by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. The next year Congress passed a resolution establishing a national celebration. It was officially adopted as a month-long event a few years later. Prior to the US declaration, in 1975, the United Nations sponsored International Women’s Day in March.

Read the stories of these inspirational women:

Amelia Earhart

Malala Yousafzai

Ketanji Brown Jackson

Non-traditional Careers for Women

Here’s a look at some of the top non-traditional careers for women.

  1. NBA Coach and Referee: Becky Hammon became the first assistant coach in the NBA in 2014. There are currently three female referees in the NFL, one in the soccer Premier League in England, and six working in the NBA. Every year this number continues to grow. Read about Rebecca Welch, the first woman referee in the intense Premier League. Click HERE

 

  1. Military General: Despite some high profile cases of women being promoted to top military positions, women account for only 7% of the top ranks in the military. The highest ranking woman is Air Force General Lori Robinson who took over the U.S. Northern Command in 2016.  In recent years, there are more and more women earning top leadership positions. Read this story to learn more about some of the amazing women rising in the ranks. Click HERE

 

  1. Truck Driver: Only 12% of truck drivers are women. This number has also been increasing in recent years. There’s even a Transportation Patch from the Girl Scouts now. Truck drivers can earn between $50,000-$120,000. Women are entering this business in many areas, including owning their own trucking companies, dispatch, and as long haul drivers. For an inspirational story of one woman’s journey, click HERE

 

March is Self-Injury Awareness Month

Self-injury awareness month plays a crucial role in advocating for the well-being of individuals who self-injure and promoting understanding, support, and resources for those affected by this behavior.

What is Self-Injury?

Self-injury, also known as self-harm, is when someone intentionally hurts themselves as a way to cope with emotional pain or overwhelming feelings. It can take different forms, like cutting, burning, scratching, or hitting oneself. It’s crucial to understand that self-injury is not a healthy way to deal with problems, even though it might provide temporary relief. It’s a sign that someone is struggling and needs help.

Why is self-injury awareness important?

Self-injury awareness helps to break down the stigma and misunderstanding surrounding self-harm. Many people who self-injure feel ashamed or afraid to talk about it, but awareness campaigns can create a safe space for open discussions. When we understand that self-injury is often a symptom of deeper emotional issues, we can offer compassion and support instead of judgment. By raising awareness, we can also help more people recognize the signs of self-injury and get the help they need.

How can you help yourself or a friend who might be struggling with self-injury?

If you are dealing with self-injury, know that you are not alone, and it’s okay to ask for help.  Reach out to a trusted friend, family member, or a counselor. Mental health matters, and seeking help is a sign of strength. There are also hotlines and online resources where you can seek support anonymously. If you’re worried about a friend, approach them with care and without judgment. Let them know you’re there to listen and support them, and encourage them to seek help from a trusted adult or mental health professional.

Let’s foster a culture of empathy, where we support one another in times of need and work towards building a community that prioritizes mental well-being.

You don’t have to hurt

Text CONNECT to 741741 for free – 24/7 help for self-harm

https://www.crisistextline.org/help-for-self-harm/

National Sleep Awareness Week – March 10-16, 2024

National Sleep Awareness Week is an annual event dedicated to highlighting the importance of sleep for our overall health and well-being.

As high school students, you might be tempted to stay up all night studying for exams, chatting with friends late into the night, or scrolling through social media feeds. However, understanding the connection between sleep and health, including mental health, is crucial for your academic success and overall happiness.

Sleep isn’t just about feeling rested; it’s a fundamental pillar of good health. During sleep, your body undergoes essential processes that repair tissues, consolidate memories, and regulate hormones.

Consistent, quality sleep is linked to better:

  • Academic performance
  • Improved mood
  • Sharper cognitive function
  • Stronger immune system

On the other hand, chronic sleep deprivation can lead to a range of health issues, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and compromised mental health.

Insufficient sleep is linked to increased levels of:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings

Make sure you prioritize your sleep during National Sleep Awareness Week and beyond. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night, establish a consistent sleep schedule, create a relaxing bedtime routine, and limit exposure to screens before bed.

By taking care of your sleep, you’re investing in your long-term health, academic success, and emotional well-being. So, let’s all make a commitment to prioritize sleep and reap the countless benefits it offers!

Read Across America Week – March 2-6, 2024

Read Across America week is not just a celebration of reading; it’s an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the joy and power of literature. By participating in this week-long event, students can discover new worlds, perspectives, and ideas within the pages of a book. Reading is not just a skill; it’s a gateway to empathy, critical thinking, and personal growth.

How can Reading help you?

Academic Success

It enhances vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. Whether delving into classic literature, exploring scientific texts, or analyzing historical documents, the act of reading strengthens cognitive abilities and lays the groundwork for academic achievement.

Personal Development and Growth

Reading expands knowledge, broadens perspectives, and cultivates empathy by exposing readers to diverse cultures, experiences, and viewpoints. Through the pages of a book, students can explore different worlds, grapple with complex issues, and walk in the shoes of characters from all walks of life.

Mental Health & Well-being

Reading can even serve as a powerful tool for reducing stress, improving mental health, and promoting relaxation. By immersing yourself in captivating stories, you can find solace and escape from the pressures of daily life, which can create a sense of calm and well-being.

So, take note of this special week, dive into the pages of a book, and discover the endless benefits that reading has to offer. Whether you’re seeking academic excellence, personal enrichment, or simply a moment of escape, the power of reading awaits you during Read Across America week and beyond.

Steps to take if you are undecided about your career

Are you unsure of what you want to do for a career? Try these three steps.

If you don’t know exactly what you want to do, don’t panic! Over 80% of college students change their majors during college. Also, on average, most people change careers between 4-7 times. Here are some steps you can take to help you narrow down your options and choices. 

  1. While in high school, take a career/interest inventory. In Arizona, every student has access to My Future AZ. It has an easy interest inventory that you can take. It will help you figure out what interests you and show your careers that follow those interests. You can ask your local school counselor or email us at counselors@azsoc.org.

 

  1. Consider signing up to volunteer or apply for an internship. You can use this time to talk to other volunteers about their experiences in that field. It also helps you network so other opportunities open up to you.

 

  1. Use spare time to research. You can go back to My Future AZ or you can sign up at sites like BigFuture. It has a number of articles and information pieces for students wanting to attend college OR look for career ideas. They have an easy career search too. You can also do an internet search to look for ideas.