Chemical health counselor comes to BSM

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Chemical health counselor comes to BSM

Ms. Beth Carver is excited to help guide BSM students.

Ms. Beth Carver is excited to help guide BSM students.

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Ms. Beth Carver is excited to help guide BSM students.

Lexi Basil

Lexi Basil

Ms. Beth Carver is excited to help guide BSM students.

Maggie Anderson, Staff Writer

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Beth Carver, new at BSM, has started her job in the guidance department running the chemical health program. 

Carver has settled in and began her new routine. She has enjoyed her experience so far and is glad she is working with the junior and senior high. “I really love Catholic schools; my favorite group of people is seventh to twelfth graders, so this school is sort of perfect,” Carver said. 

When helping students at BSM, Carver chooses to take a very individualized approach. “I think when it comes to chemical health it has to be really personalized, so I really try to make sure that I build a relationship which is what I really love about my job,” Carver said. 

Carver is eager to talk to people and loves to listen to anything they have to say. “I really like talking; l like hearing your stories; I like it all. I like talking about the chemical health stuff; I like talking about friendship stuff, and dating stuff, ” Carver said. 

One of Carver’s favorite parts of working at BSM is the age group that she gets to work with. “Young people are my favorite. I’ve worked with people of all ages, and I like people in high school the best because they have the biggest capacity to change. Adults sometimes get stuck in their ways, and they don’t really want to change I’ve found,” Carver said. 

Young people are my favorite. I’ve worked with people of all ages, and I like people in high school the best because they have the biggest capacity to change. Adults sometimes get stuck in their ways, and they don’t really want to change I’ve found.”

— Beth Carver

The biggest challenge that Carver has faced has been getting to school more frequently. “I just had a baby, so I am not here as much as I’d like, but I’m hoping to get here more. I’m here always Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then I try to add a day sometimes. I’m getting more people who want to meet with me which makes me so happy,” Carver said. 

Carver attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for her bachelor’s degree, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison for her master’s degree. During her time at the U of M, she did not intend on becoming a chemical health advisor. “I majored in history in college, and I was planning on going to law school,” Carver said. 

In her past, Carver has had experience working with domestic abuse victims. “My sophomore year of college, I became a domestic abuse advocate for women who were experiencing domestic violence … my job was to meet with the women and to hear their story and then to help determine if an order for protection was a good move, and then advocate on their behalf to the judges,” Carver said. 

So far, Carver has really enjoyed her time at BSM. “I really like how this school feels; it feels great. I feel like the leadership here is really kids first. You have really brave teachers who really advocate on your behalf, and then I like the kids, [they] all are really funny and super honest. There is a ton of energy in the building,” Carver said.