Graduate Students

Start Your Professional Journey Early!

Graduate students are busy with coursework and practicum/internship. However, it’s never too early to start building your leadership skills and growing your professional network!

On this page you will find information on what is happening with WSCA’s graduate students, upcoming event dates, and how you can get involved.

"Being a Rep allows us to stay updated with current events in the school counseling world and gives us an opportunity to connect and network with many individuals in the field"
Shaelyn Schoen
Lakeland

2021-2022 Graduate Student Representative Details

Grad Student Representatives will represent all School Counseling Graduate Students at your university in the WSCA Graduate Student Committee. Over the next two years with flexibility for one year representatives, you will express student concerns, ideas, and suggestions at Graduate Student Committee meetings by voting and making decisions at the meetings with the best interest of your peers in mind.

Roles/Responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting members from your program to join WSCA – 1st year membership is free for graduate students
  • Promoting WSCA events and opportunities throughout the 21-22 school year
  • Volunteering at WSCA’s conference
  • Responding to emails sent out by Graduate Student Co-Directors
  • Contributing to the quarterly newsletter
  • Finding a replacement after your term is completed
  • Keeping your program director in the loop
  • Attending in-person or virtual meetings
  • Attend Graduate Student Leadership Development Institute August 8, 2021

This is a great opportunity for students to learn about WSCA and be in a leadership role. Grad student reps are vital to the committee because you are the connection between WSCA, graduate students, and professors within your university program.

Will you consider becoming a graduate student representative? Contact gradstudent@wscaweb.org to express your interest!

"Being a Director gave me the opportunity to meet my internship supervisor and land my dream internship"
Brianna Capesius
UW-Whitewater
"Being a Director has taught me the importance of the ASCA National Model and how to recognize what type of district I'd like to work for"
Kayla Newman
UW-Oshkosh

Upcoming Events

Here you will find information about any of the graduate student’s upcoming events.

Click the hyperlinked title of each event to head to the registration page and pre-register to attend! 

Graduate Student Committee meetings open to all graduate students. All meetings will be on zoom.

Grad Student Calendar of Events

  • September 26, 2021 at 6:45 PM – Graduate Student Committee Meeting – Access the Meeting
  • October 24, 2021 at 6:45 PM – Graduate Student Committee Meeting – Access the Meeting
  • November 10-12, 2021 – WSCA Annual Conference (Volunteer opportunities available!  See below)
  • November 28, 2021 at 6:45 PM – Graduate Student Committee Meeting – Access the Meeting
  • January 23, 2022 at 6:45 PM – Graduate Student Committee Meeting – Access the Meeting
  • February 11, 2022 at 7-11 AM – WSCA National School Counseling Week Breakfast (regional events)
  • February 27, 2022 at 6:45 PM – Graduate Student Committee Meeting – Access the Meeting
  • March 27, 2022 at 6:45 PM – Graduate Student Committee Meeting – Access the Meeting
  • April 24, 2022 at 6:45 PM – Graduate Student Committee Meeting – Access the Meeting

WSCA Annual Conference Grad Student Volunteer Sign-Up

Did you know that as a graduate student you can have your conference fee reimbursed if you sign up to volunteer at the event?!  Volunteering is a great way to experience all that the WSCA Annual Conference has to offer while learning more about what WSCA does behind the scenes. 

When you sign up you will get to pick a volunteer timeslot where you need to be present, with all your other time open to you to use as you wish.

Deadline to volunteer is September 26, 2021.

Volunteers must be current members of WSCA. If you are not a member, please join using this application form prior to submitting the form below.  If you have previously been a member but your membership has lapsed, please renew by logging in to your membership profile.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Set-up: putting together bags, packets, and registration materials. Helping set-up tables, signs, etc.
  • Registration: check people in as they are registering for the conference. Checking paperwork, handing out conference materials, and assisting with answering questions from WSCA members.
  • Exhibit Registration: Check in those who are in the exhibitors room, direct them to their designated area, and answer any questions they may have.
  • Data Entry: Entering survey responses for those who turn in paper surveys.
  • Board Listening Notetaker: Attending the board meeting and taking notes on chart paper about what members are saying so members can clarify.
  • Crowd control for lunch and brunch: Directing traffic and taking meal tickets.
  • WSCA Reception Set-up and Support: Assisting with setting up the reception and providing support to WSCA leaders in the room.
  • Hosting Sectionals: Supporting the speaker(s) in the room, introducing them, and making announcements as requested.
  • Book Signing: Crowd and traffic control during the book signing from the keynote speaker.
  • Escorting award winners: Escorting award winners to the stage and up steps as needed.

Other Ways to Get Involved

WSCA Graduate Student Committee is looking for members to be on the Executive Committee as either a chairperson or a member.  There are three different committees which include social media, newsletter editor, and social events.  WSCA Graduate Student Committee would like to thank Chris Engstrom for volunteering to be the Social Media Chair.  WSCA Graduate Student Committee is looking for chairpersons for the newsletter editor committee and the social events committee.  If you are interested in one of these positions, please contact us at gradstudent@wscaweb.org.  Below are the responsibilities within each committee.

Social Media

  • Post on social media WSCA Graduate Students (Facebook-group page) – at least one post per week per media outlet
  • Post specifically school counselor information/leadership information
  • May have the opportunity to expand to other social media outlets
  • Creates posts that followers can interact with
  • Will only post WSCA approved professional developments
  • Adhere to WSCA’s Marketing and Brand Identity Guidelines

Newsletter Editor

  • Contacts and works with reps about writing their article based on the pre-arranged publishing schedule
  • Review and edit articles before publishing dates
  • Create and Edit the Graduate Student Newsletter four times a year in Google Doc.
  • Canva is the tool you must use to design any content related to WSCA for social media, e-blasts, or WSCALink’s.
  • Adhere to WSCA’s Marketing and Brand Identity Guidelines

Social Events

  • Find and/or create events for graduate students across WI to participate in
  • Create a grad student hangout at Conference
  • Create a grad student social for after hours at Conference, Summer Academy and Fall Summit
  • Take pictures at events and connect with exec board to share on social media and in newsletter
  • Adhere to WSCA’s Marketing and Brand Identity Guidelines