By: Kylie Yeatman
For any freshman or sophomore student looking for guidance, a class schedule change or just somebody to talk to, Carmel High School’s newest academic counselor Yesel Von Ruden will always be there.
A Cal Poly graduate with more than 20 years of counseling experience, Von Ruden has counseled students from middle school to high school and from all walks of life.
“My favorite part of this job is being able to connect with the students,” she says. “Building relationships, helping, supporting and guiding. My counselor was always there for me when I was in high school, and I try to model myself after her.”
Von Ruden’s role as an academic counselor allows her to have an inside look at the schedules of students and specifically the amount of difficult academic courses they elect to take. With this knowledge, she cites managing stress in students as being one of the most important aspects of her career.
“There’s always a pressure to be able to perform at the highest level,” the counselor says. “This trickles into every aspect of student life as they take on way too much at a young age. Their health should be much more important.”
As a native to the Bay Area, Von Ruden also notes her excitement to return to Carmel each day after regularly vacationing in the area.
Yesel Von Ruden is available every day in the freshman & sophomore counselor’s office.