Selene Giron of Whiting High School knows that now, more than ever, is an important time to cultivate the minds of young students and help them achieve their goals. Serving as the school counselor, Giron has been at the high school for seven years now helping young adults forge their paths for the future.
Growing up in Plainfield, Illinois, Giron attended Augustana College for her bachelor’s degree in biology. Though she originally intended to be a veterinarian, she found her true passion in being a positive influence for youth. She decided to attend Valparaiso University for her master’s degree.
“When I was younger, I often felt I was lost and directionless, though I had someone who was there to guide me,” Giron said. “I found my footing in talking to young people and helping them in their lives. My job is to help make their dreams a reality for them. I provide a place for students where they can be listened to and be offered lasting advice.”
Giron enjoys working in Whiting High School’s inclusive and tight-knit community. She describes the school’s environment and people as welcoming.
“It’s a great community to work in,” Giron said. “Every day is made so much better by the friendly faculty, staff, and students. It’s such a treat to be involved with such a talented and diverse group of individuals, and in this time of COVID-19, we have worked hard to maintain consistency and support.”
Giron stated that the foundation of both her job and overall livelihood is building strong, authentic connections with others and valuing the time spent with them.
“I enjoy being outside and having in-depth discussions about various topics,” Giron said. “Focusing on myself and my relationships with others really puts into perspective the life I have and how I want to live it.”
Giron also mentioned that she has learned just as much in her role as a school counselor as the students have.
“I learned that self-care is important in being successful,” Giron said. “My position requires me to carry many responsibilities, and sometimes it can be overbearing. I learned that taking care of yourself helps maintain quality work ethic and prevent burnout.”
“I am incredibly satisfied by how far I’ve come and the things I’ve accomplished,” Giron said. “Whiting High School is such a great place to work and be involved, and I’m grateful to be connected to such a wonderful family.”