By: Mica Bernhard
Like many other students here at LCHS, I had qualms about the recent influx of counselors--five to be exact--who have joined the faculty for the 2015-2016 school year. However, just five minutes after speaking with one of the bright new team members, Ms. Yu, I knew that we all are in good hands.
Taking on students with the last names Che-Ga, Ms. Yu holds previous experience working as a counselor at the private school Pacific Academy in Irvine. But her role there was a little different from here, as she was the sole counselor.
“There were a lot more international students participating in homestay,” she noted. “Their parents weren’t there, so I had the duty of making them feel more at home. As a result, I established very close relationships with all my students.”
Ms. Yu graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organization Leadership Studies and Columbia University with two Masters’ in Education and in Arts, focused on Counseling. As one of her graduation requirements at Chapman, she interned at local Fountain Valley High School and shadowed a college counselor. From then on, her business-minded career goals took on a new face.
“It seemed like a great job to work with students in helping them on their path. High school is an exciting place to be and there are so many facets that keep the day exciting,” she explained.
Years later, she has now situated herself in La Cañada’s counseling department, citing the school’s excellent reputation and highly motivated students as the source of her move. Her first impressions of LCHS: enthusiastic, good-humored. (Sigh of relief.)
When she’s not helping students with college counseling, Ms. Yu is trying new restaurants, visiting museums, and traveling.
With her upbeat attitude towards the student body and the energy she brings to our campus, we have no doubts that Ms. Yu will make a truly beneficial addition to our LCHS family.
“I would love for students to come visit me and invite me to shows or games. I’m ready to support you!”
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