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Q&A with 2016-17 Mr. Floyd Central senior Carson Conley

By Emma Anderson

Bagpiper: What were the names of all the colleges you applied for?

Carson Conley: “I applied for Stanford University, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Oxford, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Columbia University.”

BP: Which college did you choose and why?

CC: “I chose Stanford University because it is still an elite university but it also is an amazing sports school in California. I can get a great education in any field at one of the top three colleges in the county while enjoying the California atmosphere. I want to take a risk and try something new.”

BP: What were all the extracurricular activities you were involved in throughout high school?

CC: “I was involved in FC Symphony Orchestra, FC Speech and Debate Team, FC Dance Marathon, Floyd County 4H, Floyd County Youth Symphony, FC National Honor Society, FC Student Council, FC Senior Executive Council, FC Swimming and Diving.”

BP: How did you manage to juggle your school work and extracurricular activities?

CC: “I juggled my time by making sure I knew where my priorities were. I had to work on whatever was the most important at the time, and I found myself doing homework at weird times and places to fit in around my activities.”

BP: Who and/or what was your biggest inspiration throughout high school and why?

CC: “My biggest inspiration was definitely my mom. She spent her entire life raising my twin brother, Cooper, and I on her own. She has always put us first and I worked so hard to make sure I did the best for myself just like she did her best for me.”

BP: What are some of your greatest accomplishments that you have achieved?

CC: “Some of my greatest accomplishments have been being a state champion in orchestra, getting into many of my top college choices, and placing in the top 50 in the nation in speech and debate. I also had many personal accomplishments like strengthening my friendships through the IB Program at FC and furthering my leadership skills in Dance Marathon and Orchestra.”

Q&A with Assistant Clinical Director at Personal Counseling Service Beth Seeger Troy

By Hannah Clere

Editor’s Note: This Q&A goes along with a spread on self harm on Page 4 and Page 5 of the print edition of The Bagpiper on April 21. 

Bagpiper: Define self harm in your own terms.

Beth Seeger Troy: “Self harm is when a person uses an object to inflict pain or harm to his/her body. The object could be part of themselves – fingernail, teeth, fist, pulling own hair, etc.; or it could be outside of the body – scissors, knives, walls, lighters, pencil/pen, paper, paper clip, safety pin, razors, etc.   I would also argue that people harm themselves psychologically/emotionally by refusing to eat, eating too much and vomiting, not accepting others’ love for them, etc.”     

BP: How many people to you see/care for with this problem?

BT: “I have seen approximately 20-25 that came to therapy for that problem.  I have had clients that came in as adults and shared that they used to self-harm when they were younger.  That would bring the approximate number of persons I have seen with this issue to 55-60.”

BP: How do you approach it?

BT: “I view the person who is self-harming as a person who is experiencing emotional pain (or sometimes numbness due to repressing the emotional pain). It is often used as a coping skill in the moment.  I attempt to help persons see there are other healthier coping skills: address possible issues of depression or anxiety; increase self-esteem.”

BP: What methods of treatment do you use?

BT: “Typically I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques and interventions.  I will include family members as necessary.”

BP:What advice to you give to parents?

BT: “Love and accept your child and that he/she is hurting. Just listen without giving advice or passing judgement. Self-harming behavior does not necessarily mean that someone is suicidal.  In fact, it rarely means one is suicidal.  It also does not mean they are looking for attention.  It most often is a poor coping skill, but one that works in the moment.”

BP: What advice do you have for people who are afraid to speak up/considering doing something harmful?

BT: “Find someone you trust and talk to them about the emotional pain/numbness you are feeling. Inflicting physical pain only leaves physical scars and doesn’t address the emotional pain/numbness.”

BP: Do you have any helpful statistics about teenagers struggling with self harm?

BT: “Approximately 15 percent of adolescents have reported self-harming in some way.”

BP: Do you have anything else to add?

BT: “Persons who self-harm all have different reasons why they harm themselves.  It is important for me to understand and to help them understand why they do it and what purpose it serves for them.”