Help them discover their path
Adults may define success as going to college, and limiting options based on their own knowledge. They are using the resources they have, and their own experience. Schools often provide job fairs, but…Introducing: option fairs! With option fairs, students will have the opportunity to explore different career paths — military, trade school, entrepreneurship. This will help reduce any self-limiting beliefs within students who have been conditioned to believe they have to go to college to be successful.
Incorporate college life in high school
New college students will be responsible for time management, self-care, and communicating with professors. High school is often a heavily programmed experience, where students need to do things adults have determined. Daily planners, self-care hacks and tips, and college-style senior classes offer a good foundation for this evolution.
Peer to peer experiences
Invite 3-5 alumni who went to different colleges, universities, community colleges, military, and/or vocational training programs back, either on a panel or in a roundtable, intimate discussion. This provides low pressure and relevant experience for the students to hear it from someone their age.
Implement college-bound resources
Amp up your school’s college-bound resources with a college preparation program like Small Steps Go Places. At SSGP, we partner with school systems to aid students and parents through the high school to college transition and equip the school counselors who support them. Learn more here.
Create a graduation relationship with another high school.
One comment I often receive from high school seniors is they feel isolated in their school and are relieved when they can talk with others who are also high school seniors.
There are many ways that school systems and districts can enhance their students’ experience and change of success in life after high school.
Are you a school counselor or superintendent? Let’s talk about making positive change in your school to benefit your students.