First, a top student doesn’t understand their financial aid package. Even with resources and people in the building he has no idea what his package offers him. This shows to me that seniors truly need a college class. They need a class that goes over each step of the application process, provides information on financial aid, and can discuss options with each students. Having resources in the building is not enough. Instead of offering early release where students just hang out around the building, make students attend a class to help them with their next step in life, college or not.
Second, maybe even worse, a top student wasn’t going to attend their top choice school because they didn’t understand! How is that the decision this student made. Why did this student not ask anyone to go over it with him? The reason I know is because I asked. This student is about to be a real adult, well a hopefully a college student, but more of an adult than he is now. He has to know how to ask for help when he doesn’t know something, especially when it is this important. I have seen him ask questions about classwork, are real life problems any different. How do we teach kids this? The real world important stuff, the life skills they need. Do we have mock situations, try to embed it in projects, or do they just have to go into the world and learn it for themselves? It is scary knowing my seniors are not fully prepared for whatever they are doing next, college or not. These shows not even the top ones are there. I guess though, are any of us really ever ready for the next step?
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