College Counselor Sees Herself as Listener, Facilitator for Students’ Futures

Gioia Cumicek, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

College counselor Becky Bain helps students identify their strengths and interests so they can choose a path that individually fits them.

Bain graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She later graduated from Lakeland College with a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Higher Education Counseling.

“I worked in the corporate business world (transportation, logistics, supply chain management) for 18 years. Out of all my many jobs in business, I most enjoyed human resources,” said Bain.

Bain’s experience working with and helping humans led her towards her master’s degree in counseling. Before working at NDA, Bain worked as a career counselor at St.Norbert College.

“I am positive God led me to St. Norbert College, where I worked for a year as a Career Counselor, and then to NDA,” said Bain.

As a college counselor Bain helps students decide whether it is college, military service or the workforce that they would like to go into after high school. She teaches students Naviance college planning tools and how to present themselves well in their applications.

“I facilitate meetings and organize events where students can network with college reps/military officials, and others in the post-high school world,” said Bain.

Staying organized with over 200 senior students is challenging. Bain keeps a folder for each individual student, which helps with the organization process.  Mrs. Amy Heyroth is a huge help to Bain.

“I don’t know what I would do without Mrs. Heyroth…she helps me greatly! Mrs. Heyroth and I balance each other out very well,” said the counselor.

Bain enjoys helping students think through their many opportunities and watching them choose their own paths based on their unique qualities.

“I love working with teenagers during this critical stage in their lives,” she said.

Moving away from parental influence is a big step that comes with many different emotions for the student and family, she explained, and she finds it satisfying to help families through this stage of life.

“I naturally like to help, mentor and teach. I’m also more of a listener than a talker, “ she added.