Celebrating National School Counselor Week

College & Career Readiness | 02/06/2019

Calum Nguyen
2018 Beat the Odds Scholar

When I was 6, I thought having glasses was super cool. When I tried a pair of glasses on for the first time, I was blown away by how smart they made me look. I then told myself that I needed to be nearsighted so that I could buy a pair of glasses. Well, somehow I was successful. By the age of 7, I had to wear glasses just to function properly.

The glasses shape my vision of the world. Without my glasses, people are indistinguishable. Without my glasses, things are unclear. Without my glasses, the world is a bathroom after a hot shower: misty and foggy. There is a Vietnamese saying “đôi mắt là cửa sổ của tâm hồn," which translates to “the eyes are the window to the soul”. Therefore, without my glasses, that window is completely shut. Shortly put, the glasses enhance my perception of the world.

As much as I want to ramble on about how amazing glasses are, they are not the only thing that can ameliorate my vision of this world. My high school counselor, Beth Wright-Kuhns, also did, and she did an amazing job.

Four years ago, when I first walked into Sunset High School, my vision was anything but clear. My heart seemed like it forgot its metronome at home; it was beating out of sync. I was scared. But, the moment that I thought I would never be able to make it out of high school, Mrs. Wright-Kuhns, my former high school counselor and now my mother-at-heart, came into my life.

She never told me that I was flawless. She told me I was perfect despite my flaws. She tried to teach me patience (even though she failed, horribly), and I learned to improvise. She never told me to “tell them.” She taught me to “show them.” She used love, kindness, and compassion to shape me. She is the glasses of my eyes. She lets me look at this ambiguous and cruel world with a clear mind and a big heart.

Mrs. Wright-Kuhns is the reason why I am who I am today. Her impact on me doesn’t end the minute I leave Sunset; her legacy will forever live on in me. The countless moments of joy and laughter, the hugs, the lectures, and everything in between, they have cemented a place in my heart that can never be replaced.A good pair of lenses makes a good pair of glasses, and a good heart makes a good counselor. And even though I might not have found the best pair of glasses yet, I surely have found the best counselor I could’ve ever asked for.


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