College Gurus of Regina: Mrs. Cassidy and Mrs. Horne

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College Gurus of Regina: Mrs. Cassidy and Mrs. Horne

Photo Credit/ Hannah Wavrek

Photo Credit/ Hannah Wavrek

Photo Credit/ Hannah Wavrek

Photo Credit/ Hannah Wavrek

Hannah Wavrek, Sports Editor

For many Regina students, Mrs. Cassidy has been a phenomenal English teacher and mentor. This year, she has taken on the additional role of college counselor for the upperclassmen.

Yet, she does so much more than just her job description at school everyday. Mrs. Cassidy regularly makes a point of saying hi to everyone in the hallway and ensures her students learn the most from her classes. However, Mrs. Cassidy did not start her Regina career as a teacher. Few people know that she was hired in Regina’s marketing department, where she worked for half a year. She then worked in admissions for one year until the most recent six years of teaching.

Currently, Mrs. Cassidy is both a counselor for upperclassmen and teacher for College Writing and Yearbook. She has these responsibilities in addition to helping students throughout every aspect of the college process. However, she is not alone in these responsibilities

Mrs. Horne, also in the student services department, is a crucial part of Regina students’ college processes.  With 13 years of experience, she is the best in the business. She assists Mrs. Cassidy in sending out transcripts, scheduling college reprepresentative visits, and updating when and where students are accepted to college.

Together, the duo helps each and every senior in attaining college acceptances and scholarships.

As a counselor, Mrs. Cassidy meets all of the college representatives and helps facilitate meetings with them and the students.  This is one of her favorite parts of her job because she loves meeting the reps and learnign about such a variety of schools.  The best part of this process for both Mrs. Cassidy and Mrs. Horne is when students tell them “I got into my first choice!” Seeing students share their successes with them is the most rewarding part of their job.

However, being in the student services department is no easy job.  Mrs. Cassidy and Mrs. Horne feel the most difficult part is communicating with the students.  Although they send out emails with updates and reminders about deadlines, they feel that these often fall on deaf ears. This is stressful because they find themselves scrambling to meet deadlines often as a result of student error.

They feel that students often make the most mistakes with deadlines. Transcript and information forms have strict deadlines for each school.  Students feel that turning something in at the last minute is not a big deal because its only one form, but when 15 girls all turn in a form the day before it is due, it becomes chaotic for the student services team.  This is why they advise to students is to be on top of their deadlines and turn things in ahead of time so that every person in the process has less stress to deal with.

As a child, Mrs. Cassidy wanted to be a journalist, and Mrs. Horne wanted to be a teacher. The passions involved in these professions are translated into what they do now, and it shows. When you love your job as they do,  its seen in the extraordinary work done.

 

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