Fall has arrived. Like the leaves on the trees, it is time for the routines of high school students to begin to change. For those in their final year, they should be readying themselves for the next step of their academic careers while students in earlier years should begin to expand and explore their career options.
The fall can be a very stressful period for pending graduates as they consider their post-secondary options, while balancing their school work, employment and growing independence. Try alleviating some of that stress by adapting organizational skills - habits that will not only benefit them in the short-term but prepare them for the next steps in their lives as well. If you haven’t yet found the right path, give yourself some time, do your research, but set a deadline for making the decision – DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE WEEKEND BEFORE APPLICATIONS ARE DUE!!!! Gain added insight by attending the fall fairs and taking organized campus tours (these typically are scheduled in September, and October – don’t wait too long). Refer to our fall fair and campus tour blogs for further insights.
Familiarize yourself with the important dates in the process: application date, acceptance date and the like. As you approach adulthood, it is incumbent (translation – inescapable, see people will begin to use big words when speaking to you now) upon you to take responsibility for your own well-being. Make a list of all the activities you need to do, identify those that require appointments, book them and then schedule time for the rest into your calendar so that you have a personal commitment (do not procrastinate).
For all students looking to complete your volunteer hours, spend a few minutes thinking about what it is you might wish to do. Don't wait for mom or dad to set you up with a gig working alongside Aunt Betty. Participate in the decision process yourself. There are many organizations that will gladly accept your time, but try to find something that will enable you to benefit from the experience as well. Look for opportunities that align with your interests or are in your anticipated area of study. Use the time to a) try it yourself - see if you enjoy the work before committing to a career of it; b) build your resume - post-secondary schools and future employers love to see candidates with real work experience in the field of study; and c) make an impact - you are likely to make a bigger difference performing a task that you find interesting than simply putting in your time to fulfill an obligation. Treat the volunteer requirement as what it is - an opportunity!