Mount Monday-Pauline Condon, School Transition Counselor
This week’s staff profile features Pauline Condon, M.A. Ed., our new School Transition Counselor at Mount St. Dominic Academy. She looks forward to helping students transition into high school life at MSDA and assisting our second-year students with career exploration. An avid participant in meditation, Mrs. Condon also embraces the practice of gratitude.
MSDA Counseling Staff Profile
Mrs. Pauline Condon joined the Mount this summer as the School Transition Counselor for freshmen and sophomores. Her role is to help students transition from middle school into high school life at MSDA. In Freshman Seminar, the girls will discuss relationships, making friends, coping, time management and organization skills. Sophomores will also benefit from sessions that discuss these topics as well as being introduced to Naviance and exploring careers. For both grade levels, Mrs. Condon will discuss with the girls settings goals and being intentional with their behavior and their words. She will also talk about the benefits of feeling gratitude and using meditation.
Describe the Mount in one word…Community
Mrs. Condon just can’t help but feel that the Mount is an incredible community that she loves to be part of. She shares that it is so wonderful to be in an environment where one of the main goals is to support each other. She anticipates that one of her favorite parts of this new position will be getting to know the girls on a deeper level and understand their experience at MSDA. She looks forward to the opportunity to positively guide them.
One of the difficulties facing youth today is the understanding that we all have difficult moments and days, but we have the power to learn from them. Mrs. Condon would like to help students be aware that after a negative experience, our thoughts can jump widely from one thought to the next. Sometimes we need to take the time to pause, respond smarter, and come up with a better solution to handling problems.
Mrs. Condon has always been intrigued by human behavior. Earlier in her career as a 6th-grade teacher, it was interesting to watch the interactions of middle school students. This inspired her to seek her Master’s Degree in school counseling. Mrs. Condon served as our MSDA Admissions Director for a number of years, but as years passed, she became more intrigued with the concept of the connection of the mind, body, and spirit. This led to her decision to pursue the School Counselor position here at the Mount. Her counseling skills could now be put to use and she could offer more to students in this role.
When asked for advice for students? Mrs. Condon shares,
- It’s a new year!! Make sure you step outside of your comfort zone. You need to do this to test your strength, make mistakes, and learn from them.
- Be mindful of your actions and your words. Words have power.
- Surround yourself with people that inspire you and encourage you.
- Be grateful! When you take the time to focus on the good things in your life, you naturally become more positive.
Outside the Mount
Outside of the Mount, Mrs. Condon loves yoga classes, walking her golden retriever, Tucker, and reading. She also loves to spend time with her family and her girlfriends.
The last book she completed reading was Before and After by Barbara Delinsky, about a woman learning to cope with life after a tragedy. Mrs. Condon says that she is in awe of the power of the human spirit and inspired by people who make the choice to continue their life in a positive way after a tragedy. Currently she is reading Why Do They Act That Way by David Walsh, Ph.D. Mr. Walsh translates current brain science, with years of clinical experience with teens, and offers strategies to help parents cope with the erratic and, sometimes, mystifying behavior of teens. Mrs. Condon is fascinated to learn about brain-based reasons behind teens’ behavior and would highly recommend the book.
When asked where would she be if she could be anywhere in the world right now, her response: at Clemson University visiting her daughter, Shannon ’18, a freshman.
She recently watched The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a historical movie based on the novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It is a charming story of an author corresponding with a gentleman who was part of a book club during World War II. She loved the scenery, the relationship between the characters, and the simplicity of life on Guernsey. Mrs. Condon highly recommends reading the book and watching the movie.