Lauren Meili

Welcome! 
Ms. Meili - 11th Grade Counselor

Updates During ​COVID-19:
As counselors, we cover a lot of topics in the social/emotional, academic, and career realms. I will be posting resources below that cover all of these topics. Hopefully they can help you out during our time out of school!

It is normal to feel anxious, stressed, and angry about COVID-19 and the tolls it is taking on our society. While it is important to take care of our physical health, it is just as important to take care of our emotional health. These resources should be helpful when it comes to maintaining your well-being:


The following educational tools may be helpful to strengthen your real-world skills or explore your future during this time off (this list will be updated daily while we are out of school):

  • 4/8: Mindfulness is SO important, now and always! I found 30 mindfulness activities for teens (and adults) that I even use day-to-day. Try to focus on the positives, be in-touch with yourself, your thoughts and feelings. As always, you can e-mail me if you are feeling overwhelmed, or we can even set up a Google Meet!
  • 4/7: Today, I am linking 41 free classes that can help you advance in your career. Topics for these classes include programming, design, marketing, communication, entrepreneurship, writing, and new languages. These skills can help you in any career you choose after high school and/or college.
  • 4/6: Another great career planning website is O*NET. It You can find occupations by career cluster, by how fast that job field is growing, or if it is a STEM career or not. There are even advanced searches that you can do so you are able to find a job based on your knowledge, skills, even what you value in a job. Go to onetonline.org to check it out!

  • 4/3: If you are planning on attending college, you should keep up with your college search! Ecampustours.com has over 1300 college tours on their website! Make notes of the colleges that interest you, and be sure to check if those colleges have the major(s) you want, class sizes you are hoping for, etc. Happy searching!

  • 4/2: I chose a Counseling Center favorite for our resource today! Khan Academy can be incredibly helpful to go over lessons and subject matter you may not fully understand. I've even used it to learn about new subjects. If you are struggling in any of your current classes, Khan Academy should have a paralleled unit or lesson to help you out.
     
  • 4/1: During these times of uncertainty, it is important to thank those who are still working to keep us safe and healthy. If you are interested in sending a virtual message to our troops, click here. If you are interested in mailing an encouraging note to doctors, nurses, or any other hospital employees in our area, write up a note or card and send it to one of the addresses below:
    • Encouraging note for doctors/nurses
      Carlisle Regional Medical Center
      361 Alexander Spring Road
      Carlisle, PA 17015
    • Encouraging note for doctors/nurses
      Geisinger Holy Spirit
      503 N 21st Street
      Camp Hill, PA 17011


  • 3/31: While we are stuck at home, it's difficult to keep your sleep schedule on-track. I've attached a few resources below that explain the benefits of sleep for teens, and tells you how much you really need. Make sure you're trying to go to sleep and wake up around the same times every morning and night!
  • 3/30: Physical health and mental health go hand-in-hand. Many gyms have moved to online classes during the quarantine, and you can access hundreds of at-home workouts for free right now. Click here to view virtual gym resources, and set aside some time each day to focus on your physical well-being. Exercising releases endorphins, and can improve your mood!

  • 3/27: If you are feeling like you need to talk to someone about the uncertainty and any anxiety you may be feeling about the coronavirus, we are here to help as your counselors, but there are some mental health websites that cater to teens and young adults as well. Www.mentalhealth.gov features a great deal of articles, advice, and resources. One of their endorsed websites, specifically designed for teens, is called OK2TALK, and you can visit OK2TALK.org for more information and/or assistance. It's important to talk about how you are feeling to keep your mental health in a good place!

  • 3/26: Today's resource is to help you get more in-touch with yourself. 16 Personalities is a free quiz that takes a deeper look at the aspects of your personality, and what makes you who you are! After you take the assessment, it gives you a list of celebrities who have the same personality type, potential career paths and workplace habits, how you may act in friendships and what you value when creating relationships, strengths, weaknesses, etc. It is very interesting to learn more about who you are. BONUS: THIS ALSO COUNTS AS CHAPTER 339 EVIDENCE IF YOU SEND IT TO ME! This time, I've attached it as a Word Document so you can type in the document and send it to me via e-mail if you do not have a scanner.
  • 3/25: Many museums are offering free virtual tours on their websites right now. You can look at art, architecture, outer space, anthropology, historical artifacts, and learn about different parts of the world from your couch. Typically, these museum tours are crowded, expensive, and hard to come by as they are in high demand. 
    • Smithsonian Magazine's website compiled 10 museums offering free tours in one place. Visit their website by clicking here to explore museums from San Francisco to London.
        
  • 3/24: If you are looking for a way to get more of your Chapter 339 evidence, you've come to the right place! Play Spent is a game about financial literacy, and it takes 20 minutes - tops. The link below will have a PDF including instructions and a one-page worksheet. If you fill out the paper and e-mail it to me, it will count as one piece of evidence toward Chapter 339. Remember: you need 8 pieces before the end of 11th grade.
  • 3/23: Reading can reduce stress, improve your mood, develop creativity, and so much more. Reading (or listening to) a good book during this time off can help get your mind moving and help relieve anxiety surrounding this time of uncertainty.
    • Audible is offering free memberships during the quarantine. Click here to sign up! 

  • 3/20: If you are planning to pursue a field you do not have much background experience in, it may be helpful to explore so you know what you are getting into. EdX offers free courses from over 100 top institutions. Use these courses to learn about a field before declaring a major, searching for an apprenticeship, etc., or simply to learn some new information.
  • 3/19: How to successfully write a resume, and how to exhibit soft skills will help you acquire and maintain a career. Counselors and teachers can use your resume as a guide to writing you a letter of recommendation as well! Through CareerOneStop, you can read about the importance of soft skills and take some assessments yourself (at the bottom of the linked page).
  • 3/18: Learning about financial literacy can be a great help for your future. Some other career/college/CTE readiness resources are listed as well. These can help you explore different paths you can take after high school.

**For additional information, please see Mrs. Zeigler's webpage as well! 

Scheduling Info:

  • During scheduling meetings in late February through last week, I met with as many 10th grade students as possible. If I was unable to meet with you during your scheduled time, both parent and student should expect an e-mail from me during our time off.
  • If you had a scheduling appointment and have questions, you are always free to e-mail me!
  • More information will be provided on the Counseling Center webpage as well.

About Me:

  • This is my third year at West Perry High School.
  • I am a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School.
  • I attended Bloomsburg University, where I earned my B.A. in Psychology in 2016, and my M.Ed. in 2017.
  • I am certified in Kindergarten through 12th grade professional school counseling.
  • Outside of school, I spend the majority of my time with my friends and family, and I enjoy staying active (especially with my dog, Lily).

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns! You can find more information about the Counseling Center and the services we offer through our website.

~Ms. Meili