Being Ready for College & Beyond
I just read something again about the pressure that is put on high school students to be “perfect” and to strive for the best colleges. This is a mistake. It is important for high school students to investigate and enjoy part-time jobs, internships along with some hobbies and passions that are stuff they like to do (oh, and of course, to graduate from high school). No one should take up tennis just so that they can get a scholarship for it. I mean, it is important to get scholarships because goodness knows the cost of college is stratospheric but it is not something that should be used to schedule out high school students unless the student wants to play tennis.
There needs to be the ability for play and fun for anyone – especially those 14-18 years old. There needs to be a mentor or education provider that discusses all of the ways things will change once high school ends and helps prepare the students for how to manage and excel at these changes.
Every high school student should receive lessons and training on the items on my below list and there are some programs out there already that do a great job on focusing on these items. I am hoping to get involved with some of these organization locally and as I continue to roll out my College Readiness Seminars, this is something I cover, too.
For students, if they are exposed to the following lessons, they will be on a path that sets them heads and shoulders above anyone else. This is more important than the focus of some families' on getting their kids "Ivy-league" ready. This can help those families who economically cannot afford to spend to get their kids "Ivy-league" ready and this can be the difference between no education and education for those high school students who really struggle without family support at all.
There is an issue for lower-income families and people who live in tough zip codes to achieve the same level of “buying in” – I am calling that the buying / paying for tutors, test preps and even for activities. I mean, if my 5 year old’s CYO team sign up cost $250, can you imagine what it most cost to be a high level athlete on the high school level for sports such as golf, fencing, or even basketball? It is also an issue for those who will be first-generation college students - there is no one at home to teach them these lessons because they will be the first ones in their families to achieve the "American Dream" of a college education, white collar job and more.
These price tags make it impossible for many people to achieve / push their kids in this way. Those who can afford to do it, though, should stop. All the high school aged- student needs to know are just these items:
What do you think about my high school level education plan? All of these items are things I discuss in my College Readiness Seminar and are things I am working on expanding into workshops and more with some new The Next Step initiatives and partnerships. Also, my EBook on College Readiness hits on all of these things in more detail; you can sign up to get the first chapter of the book here:
Lisa Vento Nielsen