Welcome to your final year of high school or, what I would like to dub, the beginning of the next chapter of your life. I know you’re probably saying to yourself, “Huh? Wouldn’t this kind of speech be more appropriate for graduation?”. Yes, it usually would be. However, for you, my young brothers, I feel that it’s more important that you hear it now.
I get that you may feel like coasting and riding the tailwind of the past three years of hard work. Believe me, I was once there. You’re probably thinking a mild case of senioritis won’t hurt you. Or will it? Too many students are advancing through their senior year without a plan, one that clearly outlines what their next steps will be as they transition out of high school into adulthood. I encourage you to begin thinking about what your plan is right now!
As you begin mapping out your plan, whether it includes enrolling into a four-year college, community college, or vocational training, consider what it is that you’ll need to help you get to where you want to be. For example, if you’re planning on enrolling in college next fall, then you should be asking yourself whether or not you’ve: a) completed your A-G requirements, b) registered and taken the SAT or ACT, and c) filled out a FAFSA application. Become proactive in identifying what steps you must take in order to see your goals, academic and otherwise, come to fruition.
The journey begins now. Do not wait until June to begin making moves. Remember to be proactive rather than reactive. If you need support developing your plan, then seek advice from your high school counselor, college and career center on campus, or your after school program. If you need to locate a college readiness provider, then please visit www.collegeboundbros.org. For a complete list of SAT dates and registration information please click here.
All the best this year and beyond,