By Kelis Calvin ’19
Organization is a priority when it comes to running a school, but it would be a difficult job for staff to do it alone. Many students work as monitors for teachers or in the Dean’s and guidance counselor offices for various reasons. If this opportunity wasn’t offered, the school wouldn’t run as smoothly.
Students have many reasons to volunteer for a teacher or work in school offices, one of the most common reasons being service credit. Service credit earned during your high school years looks good to colleges when it comes to applying. They’re always looking for students who do more than their academics.
“One main reason students do it is for service credit. Service credit can lead students to being offered Arista and Archon opportunities,” said Ms.Prairna Sethi, a guidance counselor. “Of course it also looks good to colleges
the fact that they’re seeing you’re putting effort into other things within the schools community.”
Pretee Amain ’19 said, “I chose to become a monitor in the guidance counselors office because I realized I didn’t have much service credit and I just wanted to give back and help my guidance counselor out as she does the same for me.”
Aside from earning service credit, a student’s reason to monitor can be to meet new people and build a better relationship with their teacher/guidance counselor. It also gives students another place to be during their free period.
Jenny Lei, ’20 said, “I enjoy this job because it brings you closer to whichever staff member you’re monitoring for and it’s a great way to meet other people in the school you can become friends with.”
“Due to this job, I was definitely able to build strong and close relationships with the deans in the office. I enjoy doing it because it gives me something productive to do during my lunch period and to pass time,” said Thomas Lacognata ’18, who has been monitoring in the Dean’s office since freshman year.
Many staff members expressed how beneficial and convenient it is to have students who help in their offices or classrooms, realizing how much more difficult and stressful their jobs would be without them.
Ms. Mauragrite Allen, a guidance counselor said, “Students who volunteer to help me out are the ones who help me stay organized and get stuff I need done. If there were no students, for example, I would never get passes out that get ahold of students I need to talk with. Having helpers makes my job easier.”
“They run many errands for us that require going outside of the office repeatedly which isn’t someone most staff can do often,” said Ms. Gloria Molnar. “Student workers bring students down to the office if they’re needed, they run the copying machines, deliver files to other offices and so much more that would make the jobs of staff more difficult if these students weren’t here to help.”
Mr. Paul Leonetti, a physical education teacher, said, “I’d be lost without my monitors. They definitely make part of our jobs easier when it comes to doing tasks staff don’t have enough time for.”
Aside from earning service credit, building relationships, or just simply wanting to do something productive during your free period, working within the school can give students the feel of what a work environment is like.
Mr. Leonetti said, “I think a lot of students do learn about what goes on in a professional office during the time they work in one which can be beneficial to ones future.”
“It gives students the feel of having an actual job because they have a specific period out of their day to come in and do work in the office which they have to stay committed to and help daily,” said Ms. Molnar.
Being a school monitor comes with many benefits, including service credit, forming relationships, gaining new experiences, and, most importantly, maintaining the organization of the school.
“It’s not difficult and it’s a peaceful environment,” said Amain.