We all remember having our first meeting with our guidance counselors as freshmen, listening as they told us about the importance of keeping up our grades and staying out of trouble, while we grumbled about having to stay late after school.
However, along with the new batch of freshmen this year came a new way of getting students ready for their career at Stuyvesant. Principal Stanley Teitel and the guidance counselors have split what used to be one meeting with a counselor into four different lessons, each of which covers a different topic to help the freshmen work as efficiently as possible.
Every year, the school is required to submit its Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP), detailing the steps it will take to improve the education of its students. This year, Teitel decided to dedicate more time and resources to help freshmen become more organized and studious. One of the biggest steps towards this goal is the four-part workshop course. The four topics covered by these workshops include note taking methods, study habits, organization and graduation requirements.
Both Teitel and the guidance department feel strongly about the necessity of these workshops. “In the past, the guidance department has seen many freshmen struggle with the transition to Stuyvesant in terms of studying, organizing and keeping up with the fast pace of the work,” guidance counselor Holly Richmond said.
“The freshman need to be more organized than they have been,” said Teitel, when asked why the administration switched to a four-part workshop. “We have to submit our CEP in October, and we needed to cover these topics. I had the guidance department work on them over the summer.”
With the importance of these workshops, one might expect there to be a great deal of information available to the freshmen. At the moment, however, many freshmen do not know very much about these workshops. “I think they will give us some methods of studying and tell us how to divide our time,” freshman Delilah Marto said.
But others don’t know anything about the workshops. In fact, freshman Ethan Schwab said that he had “never heard of them.”
Beyond this lack of information, many freshmen feel as if they shouldn’t need to go at all. “I just don’t have enough time. I heard they last a long time, and they seem pointless,” freshman Choi Bak said.
But others, like Marto, might consider going. “If I had enough time, I might go. I might actually learn something helpful, even though we’ve been drilled on this since getting homework for the first time,” Marto said.
With all of these conflicting expectations and views of the new workshops, a general consensus has yet to be reached regarding the importance of the change. However, with the first workshop held on September 20th, and the others soon to follow, it won’t be long until everyone finally finds out if the classes are going to be an essential part of being a freshman at Stuyvesant.