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Meet Zorina Matavulj

Zorina Matavulj
College and Career Advisor
Woodside High School (CA)

How did you become the college and career advisor at Woodside High School? 
When the previous college advisor announced her retirement, the head guidance counselor urged me to apply for her position. With her encouragement and support I went for it, even though my daughter was less than 6-months-old, I was still teaching English and the administrators required that I do both jobs at the same time during the second semester. It's honestly a miracle that I successfully made it through that very hard time. So glad I survived!

What is your favorite part of the job? 
This year, my favorite part is having a lot of opportunities to talk with the students one-on-one. The high school used to require many presentations, but they decided to try individual meetings instead. Great choice!

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
The annual conferences are great. I learn information that I normally would not hear about, and I get to see what works best for other counselors. 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing new counselors?
The biggest challenge for new counselors is realizing that there are only 24 hours in a day. It's easier to prioritize tasks with experience, but the wish for more time never goes away.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Fern in Charlotte's Web. She has a huge heart and is very wise at a young age. And she grew up on a farm. That all seems fantastic.

Describe yourself in five words.
Hard-working, diligent, unpretentious, and imperfect.

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