High schools seniors and their parents all over the country are excited and getting ready to attend their high school graduations and hold those “EPIC” graduation parties. There is just one major problem being seen all over our nation- a failure to truly plan for what’s next. Statistics tell us that a tremendous number of high school seniors are ill prepared for their upcoming futures. More time is put on finding the right prom attire, attending the last series of sports events, and planning the graduation trip.
Parents, put on the brakes and halt the spending until you and your soon to be adult – “no longer a child”- have evaluated his or her plan of action for adulthood.
High School Seniors & Parents Must Do List:
- Parents and students should have a heart to heart about the future and schedule an appointment with your high school guidance counselor to discuss college and career options based on your student’s abilities.
- Explore realistic career options that fit your skills, interests, and abilities.
- Choose a path for your future. Whether it is college, going straight to work, military, or another option, have a plan of action!
- Review your high school transcript for accuracy.
- Take the ACT and/or SAT a minimum of two times to boost your scores when seeking scholarships and applying to colleges.
- Visit the colleges you are interested in attending to make an informed decision about your future.
- Be realistic and do the math on college costs and expenses before confirming your choice.
- Apply for scholarships, no matter how small the amount; every dollar will help fund your education.
- Apply for FAFSA -Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Most colleges require that you apply for Federal Student Aid before any scholarships will be awarded.
Parents, remember it’s your child’s future and they need to own it. You can assist but realize that it should be their plan. Students, hold yourself accountable to achieving your goals. Remember, High School Seniors- What you do today will determine how you live tomorrow! Don’t you want to live well?
Until Next Time, Be Sincere, Kind and Intentional
Jackie Warner, Community Outreach Specialist