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Gabriel is now in high school and is already been thinking about his future. Some say this may be too much pressure on our children, but I have found the opposite to be true. In fact he has taken a lot of the control this year. Meeting with his advisers and informing us about what steps he is taking next. It’s important for him that he’s in certain clubs that will offer skills and experience to become a more well-rounded student come application to college time and beyond. One thing we have looked at is the National Honor Society. We used this checklist from Honor Your Future Now to sit down and chat about his overall plans. With the upcoming holiday break we will have a look over everything he is currently doing and his goals to see if we need to switch anything up for the new semester coming up. As a mom it makes me proud that he is that involved in thinking about his future. I must have done something right with this kid!
The National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are encouraginghigh school and middle school students to “Honor Your Future Now” by taking action now to prepare for college, career and a lifetime of success. Through the new campaign, the Honor Societies are unveiling new resources for student members and empowering all students to build skills and experience within five proven pillars:
- Don’t Wait!: It’s never too early to start focusing on the future. No matter what grade you are in, start looking for opportunities to develop skills and experience that will help you grow and be well-rounded.
- Make the Grade: Strive for academic success. It will not only play a critical role in helping you get into college, but will ensure you learn important lessons that can guide you throughout your life.
- Be a Leader: Participate in leadership programs and learn important skills like resourcefulness, problem solving and how to work well with others. Learning how to be a strong leader early can help you throughout college and your career.
- Build Your Character: Learn about the importance of demonstrating high standards of honesty, integrity and showing courtesy and respect toward others. Building a strong character can serve as the foundation for future success.
- Give Back: Join volunteer projects that you are passionate about, and learn about the importance of being active in and giving back to your community.
- Find Your Voice: Understand your role and rights as a citizen in our country so you can become an active member who lets your voice be heard.
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New Tools Available on HonorYourFutureNow.org
• To check out the new tools available, go to HonorYourFutureNow.org today. The tools include:
• Preparing for College Checklist: List of steps to help students navigate the college preparation process.
• Parent’s College Checklist: List of tips parents can follow to help students prepare for college and a lifetime of success.
• 10 Tips for Success: Tips by Hill Harper, a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, as well as an award-winning actor, best-selling author, philanthropist, and youth development activist.
• Community Service Idea Starters: Advice to help students find the right community service project for them.
• Letter of Advice: Letter from Director of the National Honor Societies Jonathan Mathis about how to be successful now and in the future.
Who doesn’t love a good checklist. We printed these and they are now on our fridge as a friendly “reminder” for what we should do next. The 10 Tips for success can be used for basically anything and I find myself reading it every few days as a reminder of my personal goals.
New Resources for NHS Student Members:
The Honor Societies are rolling out new resources for the 2015–2016 academic year, including:
• NHS Scholarship Program: The current NHS Scholarship Program will double the amount of total money awarded to $500,000 in 2015 and reach more students than in previous years for a total fund of up to $2 million within the next four years.
• NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award: The new NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award provides 500 middle-level students with $500 each to start their college savings.
• College Admissions and Financial Aid Planning Support: A series of webinars and Twitter Town Halls will give students, parents and advisers the chance to learn directly from college admission officers and get their questions answered on topics including the application process, financial aid and college fit.
• Scholarship Search Tool: An NHS members-only online tool that is customized around the four pillars of NHS and will be available in January 2016 to help students in their college scholarship search.
• State Summits: One-day events bringing together NHS and NJHS students and advisers for empowerment and leadership development beginning in early 2016.
I also really like the idea of the Scholarship Search Tool. Even though Gabriel is a freshman we have identified some schloarships that he could possibly get and are working towards fulfilling those by extra volunteer hours and beloning to certain clubs. It’s a great idea to look at these before you actually need them. That way you can strive towards them.
A new NHS national survey shows that the majority of college-seeking students and college admissions officers surveyed may not see eye-to-eye on critical skills and experience needed to get into college and have future success.
• The majority of college admissions officers (72 percent) recommend students start preparing for college before or by ninth grade. Yet, according to the survey, more than half of junior high students (52 percent) haven’t started prepping.
While admissions officers agree that participating in extra- and co-curricular activities are an important attribute, only 25 percent of students think showcasing that they are well-rounded is one of the most important parts of their college application.
About National Honor Society/National Association of Secondary School Principals:
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world.
Overall, I’m super glad we had a chance to look over all of these tips, checklists, and tools. I actually think we have Gabe’s future thought out, but have enough sway in it that things can be altered if or when needed. He feels better about things and I feel better that he’s more confident.