I felt compelled to write this today. Many of my students are starting to stress about the whole college admissions process and planning their lives. Many of those who follow this blog may know someone in the same shoes. Could you please pass this along to them? Let me know if it helps, or if there is any feedback.
To those who are beginning the process of planning those post high school years
I am sure you have heard tons of advice. Join every club, play every instrument, be in student government. Have you thought about what makes you unique? Have you thought about what you are good at? Perhaps you think the only thing you are good at is text messaging! Guess what? You can learn an important skill. You can volunteer at a nursing home and help people with their correspondence. You can set up a way for the nursing home to send little cards to the residents—you can be the one that helps to make sure that each resident feels special and included.
If you have ever felt left out in junior high or high school, I am sure that you can relate to how people feel at the nursing home when they are forgotten. Beyond doing that, you can also start a blog that is an encouraging and inspiring blog. Think about who the audience for that blog might be? Would it be best to have one blog or multiple blogs? Who could your daily blogs help? Obviously if you use it to post things like “OMG Old people bug me” it would help no one, and make you look terribly mean and shallow.
Instead, you could post it as a “good news” blog. Let others know how to be considerate and kind towards the residents. Keep in mind that the directors of other nursing homes might try some of your ideas at those nursing home. In this way, your blog could improve the lives of many.
If you write enough content, you could translate it into some kind of business. Regardless, you have added a skill that actually helps the world. Do you see what I mean? Broaden yourself. After high school and college you will be in the adult world. It is good to recognize that fact, and to begin to learn ways to help te world, and then do those things. Believe me, admissions directors like folks that have proven track records. That makes their decisions low-risk.
Again, the goal here is not too pretend to be what the admissions office wants. Instead, the goal is to dig deep within your heart and figure out how to deepen your roots and become the authentic you. You are here for a purpose. Discover it. Become it. Fill the need. Those of us that are in the next generation up REALLY need you!
What ideas do you have that could help you become who you want to be?