Dana grew up in Bangor and attended the University of Maine, where she studied psychology and child development. She then went on to get a master’s degree in adolescent development from UNH, as well as a master’s in school counseling from USM. For the past two years Dana has worked as a school counselor at Freeport High School in Freeport. She has spent much of her time as a counselor working with incoming freshmen and has seen firsthand the challenges and struggles that students face during the transition from middle school to high school. Here she offers insight into those struggles, as well as a few tips for how to overcome them and get off to a good start in ninth grade.