Ask Away- Struggling



Mrs. Skramstad’s office in room 101


Dear Ask Away,

I am currently struggling to bring my grades up and I’m failing many classes. It’s hard to do things when I’m depressed most of the time and I’ve thought of going to the social worker a few times but my mood had always changed before I had a good time to visit her. What should I do? 







Dear Struggling,

Keeping grades up is something a lot of people struggle with. That’s okay, take it one step at a time and talk to your teachers one on one. Find out if there is any extra credit that you can do to possibly raise your grade. Also, work hard on all of your assignments, don’t wait until the last minute to do them. That could make you even more stressed and panicked to just do them quickly and turned them in before they’re late. That could possibly lead to you not doing as well as you could have on them, which will affect your grade.

Talk to the social worker anyways, even if you’re in a good mood when you go to speak with her. Her room is number 101 down by the office. You can still talk to her about your depression even if you’re happy then.  It doesn’t just go away, I know this because I struggle with depression, too. I go to therapy every month, and even if I’m not depressed that day, or everything is going well, it’s still good to have someone to talk to about everything. You don’t have to talk to her every day if that’s what you feel you need, then, of course, you could. If you just want to talk to her at the end of the week and just have a recap of your week then do that. Don’t feel like you can’t talk to her just because you aren’t in a bad place.

Please come and visit with me! I would love to be able to help you!”

— April Skramstad, School Social Worker

Social worker, Mrs. Skramstad stated, “I can help advocate for you with your teachers and work with them as a team to help you get back on track. When falling behind in school occurs we tend to get overwhelmed with the long to-do list. I am able to help prioritize that list to make it less overwhelming for you. Basically, I would be working on a plan so you know where to start. As far as not coming to see me because your mood has changed, I would suggest coming anyway, or even emailing me. Some students come and talk to me about random things such as cooking or other interests. This is giving them the opportunity to get to know me so that when they are needing to or are ready to talk to me about tough stuff they feel more comfortable doing so. Please come and visit with me! I would love to be able to help you!”

I hope this helped you out, take each day one step at a time. You got this! Best wishes 🙂


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