September: Getting To Know You
WHO ARE YOU?
Are you a student, an athlete, a leader, a volunteer, a hard worker? Things you have done provide insight to your character, your identity. Were you on the Lyons yearbook staff? Did you participate in a science fair or other competition? Did you perform on stage? Do you have a part-time job? How many hours a week do you work? What type of work do you do?
Your devoted parents have stashed your certificates of achievement somewhere. Pull these out and compile a list of your high school accomplishments. Put this list and all your other findings in a computer document (save it early and often). At the very least, gather it all together and put it in one place. Things like your transcript, statistics you have earned in competition, scores on the ACT, SAT, or Advance Placement tests, and hours you have spent in community service.
Both college and technical school admissions departments will request this information as well as potential employers. Scholarship applications also ask for similar details.
Taking the time to collect all this data and putting it in a document will make filling out these applications effortless, especially with the wonderful inventions: “copy” and “paste.”
In addition, going over your past accomplishments will tap into the emotions and personal insights gained from those experiences. This is helpful for the essay section of admissions or scholarship applications. Also, you can hand/email this document to the individual you have asked to write a letter of recommendation. They will appreciate the assistance.
NO COLLEGE FOR ME PLEASE
What good is all this data-collection to someone who will not be attending college? You can use this information to compile a resume. Furthermore, prospective employers ask all sorts of questions during an interview. If you have this list of your accomplishments in the back of your mind, you can weave them into your answers. It is one thing to say you have leadership skills; having an example of how you have demonstrated leadership will set you apart from your competition.
What you have done to this point will help you understand what makes you tick. Collect this data for next month’s search for where you are going
Practice ACT/SAT testing and college-prep information is available through Great Start that meets at school from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. on late-start days. College fairs are a great opportunity to research several colleges all in one location. There are fairs scheduled for October 10, 11 and 13. The closest to Lyons is at Monarch High School in Louisville on Wednesday, October 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Go to collegefairsdenver.org for more details.
Life 101 Parent’s Tips
Below are some tips for how parents can help their high school seniors.
- Read over the information your child has gathered, checking for accuracy, organization and completeness.
- Share your resume` with your child and discuss the format and organization.
- Your past calendars probably mark performances, athletic events and award ceremonies; use these to help recall your child’s accomplishments.
- Pull out scrap books you’ve been keeping, these will also aid in your child’s discovery.
- Go to collegefairsdenver.org and research which college fair you will attend with your senior in October.
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