College Guidance

Introduction to College Counseling:  
 

My philosophy is to focus on process—the process of evaluating options, the process of reflecting on your past, and the process of submitting applications. There is no shortcut to being admitted to college-no way to get to the outcome without some time, effort, patience, and thought. All members of staff at Mercy Catholic will work together as a collaborative team on your behalf. We are your strongest advocates. 

The mission of Our Lady of Mercy's College Counseling Department is to provide a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program to address students' academic and career goals in addition to supporting their personal, spiritual, and social needs.  This is accomplished through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become successful, productive citizens and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world.  

Education is a process, not a product. Students are learners, not customers.  

OLM College Counseling Department will empower all students to reach their maximum potential by using a comprehensive program that addresses academic, personal/social, and career goals.  We will promote an environment to encourage personal and spiritual inquiry and growth, social responsibility, and academic excellence. All faculty strive to empower students to embrace their full potential and to achieve their personal, spiritual, and academic aspirations. 

Mindset standards and goals for students: 

M1: Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, spiritual, social and physical well-being. 

M2: Self confidence in ability to succeed. 

M3: Sense of belonging in the school environment. 

M4: Understanding that post-secondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term success. 

M5: Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes. 

M6: Positive attitude toward work and learning.