Let’s talk about easy and engaging end of the year counseling activities!

As the end of the year approaches, I know I find it incredibly challenging to finish strong. I am just so tired! I find myself mustering up all the energy in the world to make it through the day! 

That is why I implemented simple go-to options for the end of the year!

You have to stay ready, so you don’t have to get ready!

Are you with me?

During this time of year, these tips always give me peace, clarity, and more time!

We will thrive at the end of the school year, counselors, here’s how.

Here are 3 end of the year counseling activities and tips!

1 – Work smarter, not harder

I no longer search the internet, at the end of the school year, for reflection activities, college transition lessons, or organization tools for the next school year.

I created a stock of some of my favorite go-to activities and resources for the end of the year.

One of my favorite end of the year activities for students is this end of the year reflection activities.

It includes college planning, summer planning, and general goal setting! 

Talk about one-stop-counseling-shop! 

This saves me so much time during this busy season.

Another favorite with counselors is my discussion questions bundle! 

This bundle includes 1000 conversation starters for the end of the year, including summer plans, goal setting, managing healthy relationships, personal wellness, college and career preparation, and more!

This bundle has prepared me for the end of the school year and all year round!

I love using the discussion questions for pair sharing or group bonding activities. I also prefer to use these questions at the beginning of counseling lessons, workshops, and activities!

The possibilities are endless.

The point is, don’t reinvent the wheel. Shop, download, print, and implement. 

Save your sanity this time of year.

2 – Say no 

If you are my girl, we have some things in common.

We provide excellence.

We want our students to feel loved, supported, and prepared.

So to do that, we need to learn how to say no. As we tell our students, “no” is a complete sentence.

I don’t want to be the counselor feeling overworked, counting the days until summer break, and sleep-deprived all of May and June.

When I said yes to too many things at the end of the year, I ate out more, wasted money on several cups of Starbucks a day, and I was still tired and unproductive!

Can we make a pact to take care of ourselves this year? 

I loved reading on the CASC (California Association of School Counselors) blog about the importance of counselor self-care! It is so important for us to thrive!

We deserve it. 

And our students deserve the best us, because, let’s face it. We are pretty awesome at our job. Am I right?

Done and done.

3 – Enjoy the end of the year

This has been a long school year, and I am sure there have been many ups and downs. 

Let’s be real, we operate in the constant motion of a roller coaster ride. 

But, I think in part, that is why we love what we do.

The random thank you’s we get in the day.

The smiles.

The hugs.

The laughs.

Even the happy tears.

We love the dynamics of this crazy world of a counselor. 

Let’s embrace it this time of year.

One way I am celebrating at the end of the year is by celebrating my students that have committed to obtaining their bachelor’s degree. 

Here is a picture of my wall.

Want to join me?

Pick up this College Acceptance Bulletin Board set in my shop soon!

Again, working smarter, not harder, and enjoying what we do.

I know we can finish this year strong. Connect with me on social media @collegecounselortraci and let me know how you are preparing for the end of the year as a counselor!