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Saying Goodbye to Your High School Graduate

Seniors, you are count­ing down the days until the end of the school year. You wait in antic­i­pa­tion of pack­ing up the car and head­ing down the road to your new life at col­lege. Every­thing seems to be the last — the last dance, the last pep rally, the last set of finals, and lastly, say­ing good­bye to friends and family.

This sum­mer you will be busy pack­ing, tex­ting your new room­mate to coor­di­nate what to bring, reg­is­ter­ing for classes, and spend­ing time with close friends. Mean­while, your par­ents are start­ing to feel neglected. This time is bit­ter­sweet for them. Though they are happy to see you pur­su­ing your dreams, they can’t imag­ine their home with­out you.

Know­ing the bird has to leave the nest, there are a few things you and your par­ents can do to help each other dur­ing this time of tran­si­tion. Let one another know you love each other and they will be missed, your rela­tion­ship has been mean­ing­ful, and the tran­si­tion to the next stage of life with be weath­ered. You are only a phone call or text mes­sage away. Read more guide­lines to mak­ing the most of your time together.

What Military Options Are Available?

Every year thou­sands of young men and women make the choice to serve their coun­try. They enjoy a mil­i­tary career by enlist­ing in one of the fol­low­ing branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, US Mer­chant Marine Acad­emy, and National Guard. Some indi­vid­u­als will apply directly to a four year ser­vice acad­emy such as U.S. Mil­i­tary Academy-West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Acad­emy in Annapo­lis, Mary­land; the Air Force Acad­emy in Den­ver, Col­orado; and the Coast Guard Acad­emy in Gro­ton, Con­necti­cut. Com­plet­ing your edu­ca­tion at one of these pro­grams will earn you a bachelor’s degree, com­mis­sioned reserve offi­cer sta­tus, and a com­mit­ment to the mil­i­tary for a num­ber of years. Another option is apply­ing to a Reserve Offi­cers’ Train­ing Corps (ROTC) schol­ar­ship pro­gram at a col­lege. These are two, three, and four year schol­ar­ship pro­grams which help you decide which direc­tion you would like to pur­sue (ROTC Col­lege Pro­files). You grad­u­ate with a degree and serve in the U.S. Mil­i­tary as a com­mis­sioned Officer.Your com­mit­ment for ser­vice will range from 2–5 years depend­ing on the time your schol­ar­ship was in effect dur­ing your col­lege edu­ca­tion. Click here for more information.

What are the benefits of attending a Pre-College Program?

precollege programPre-College Sum­mer Pro­grams offer ris­ing juniors and seniors in high school the chance to see what col­lege life is all about. Dur­ing a one or two-week ses­sion, you will get an excit­ing glimpse of aca­d­e­mics and res­i­den­tial life at a major state uni­ver­sity, and leave bet­ter pre­pared to meet the chal­lenges of your first year at college.

As a Pre-College res­i­den­tial stu­dent, you will:

* Attend chal­leng­ing aca­d­e­mic classes with the uni­ver­sity fac­ulty and instructors

* Meet admis­sions pro­fes­sion­als and receive guid­ance on the com­pet­i­tive col­lege admis­sions process

* Learn to bal­ance the demands of college-level courses with extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties Click here to read more benefits

Why Do I Need a Resume of Activities?

Involve­ment in extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties can make you stand out in the col­lege appli­ca­tion process. Are you a leader?  Have you achieved a note­wor­thy level of achieve­ment?  How does the activ­ity make you dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent from oth­ers with sim­i­lar interest?

This same Resume will also be help­ful for teach­ers and coun­selors whom you may ask to write your let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion. So gather the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion:  name, address, pro­fes­sional email address, cell phone/home phone num­ber, objec­tive or sum­mary, edu­ca­tion, extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties, vol­un­teer ser­vice, awards and cer­tifi­cates, skills/academic achieve­ment, music /artistic achieve­ments, ref­er­ences, and other information.

Think about your qual­i­ties: Time man­age­ment; team­work; goal-oriented; com­pet­i­tive­ness; con­fi­dence; persistence/endurance, loy­alty;  dis­ci­pline; tak­ing crit­i­cism; deal­ing with set­backs; lead­er­ship; and flexibility/adaptability.

It’s Time to Think About Summer – What Is There To Do?

Every sum­mer, high school stu­dents search for sum­mer jobs or activ­i­ties to fill their sum­mer vaca­tion. It is a time when stu­dents can also demon­strate to col­leges that they have an inter­est in devel­op­ment out­side the classroom.

Younger stu­dents may enjoy head­ing off to camps includ­ing theme-based camps. Campers are encour­aged to learn about top­ics such as art, music, lead­er­ship, or spe­cial top­ics such the envi­ron­ment. They will engage in the learn­ing expe­ri­ence through songs, skits, day trips, games, and other camp-wide activities.

High school stu­dents may be look­ing for a more ful­fill­ing sum­mer expe­ri­ence. Some may choose to attend a pre-college pro­gram that allows them to test the waters in an area of inter­est such as writ­ing, tech­nol­ogy, the arts, film, sports, sci­ence, travel, busi­ness, debate, and com­mu­nity ser­vice or activism. Vol­un­teer­ing at char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tions is a great way to match tal­ents and inter­ests.  Oth­ers may choose a study abroad pro­gram that immerses the par­tic­i­pant in three-dimensional learn­ing expe­ri­ence. Engag­ing in an intern­ship can offer stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to gain more knowl­edge about pos­si­ble col­lege majors. Read more about what to do dur­ing sum­mer break.

Understanding the Federal Work-Study Programs

Will you be work­ing while study­ing at your col­lege under the Fed­eral Work-Study (FWS) pro­gram? Many insti­tu­tions through­out the United States par­tic­i­pate and include FWS pro­grams as a part of the student’s finan­cial aid package.

BEFORE you choose this option, there are some things you need to understand:

1. A Fed­eral Work-Study award may be a job offered on or off campus.

The Fed­eral Work Study Pro­gram (FWS) is a fed­eral finan­cial aid job pro­gram reg­u­lated by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Col­leges can award FWS funds based on finan­cial need as cal­cu­lated by the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion from infor­ma­tion reported on the student’s Free Appli­ca­tion for Fed­eral Stu­dent Aid (FAFSA). Read more about FWS by click­ing here.

Internships for High School Students

Intern­ships are a great way to get expe­ri­ence in a cer­tain field of study.  So why intern in high school?

Work expe­ri­ence in a field of study you want to pur­sue in col­lege can give you a jump up in the col­lege appli­ca­tion process.  It is a way to stand out in a crowd. An intern­ship will also allow you to under­stand more details about your major of inter­est and help you to under­stand how orga­ni­za­tions operate.

So, how do you find an intern­ship? First iden­tify your pas­sion. Some com­pa­nies offer for­mal intern­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties to high school stu­dents in par­tic­u­lar. Some pay, some are unpaid, and some you’ll pay for. Research com­pa­nies in the indus­try that inter­ests you.  Start by ask­ing around at local busi­ness asso­ci­a­tions. Use CareerOneStop’s Employer Loca­tor to help you iden­tify com­pa­nies in your local area. Next, talk to the Human Resource rep­re­sen­ta­tive or man­ager to see if posi­tions are avail­able.  Check out local orga­ni­za­tions like the news­pa­pers, muse­ums, and hos­pi­tals.  You may use your con­tacts on Face­book or Twit­ter to find open­ings in your spe­cific area of inter­est. Try web­sites like, , or For more on how to apply, click here.