Your New Beginning.

Well, the time has come. You have done it! Considering all has gone well, within the next 30 to 60 days, you will be finished with high school. Congratulations on your graduation. Whether you are headed to college, a trade school, the military or work, you have accomplished something significant.
As you look to the future, remember that your life and choices make a huge difference. Your efforts can make the world a better place to live in. Every positive action that you send out into the world has ripple effects. Let your life equal a big wave…. or maybe even a tsunami.
Now… march forward. Become the best you can be. Transform the world! Onward!

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Enjoy Your Summer

It’s May! You have almost completed your first year of high school. As you approach the summer and reflect on this year, are there things you did well? Are there areas where you can improve? Over the summer you can organize and work independently to improve your deficits or even get help if necessary. There are multiple free resources for this such as Khan Academy (khanacademy.com) for help with math and science.
I would also like to impress upon you the importance of doing something useful this summer and keeping out of trouble. Many a teenager has forfeited their future over unfortunate, silly acts during summer breaks. Find a job or volunteer organization. Work hard at it and you will find that it can reap dividends over the coming years. Many works and volunteer opportunities can be found in your local community. Another option is to look at the listings available on the teenunme.com platform. Organizations like Habitat For Humanity are always looking for volunteers and there is an opportunity to master new skills.
OK, be good and enjoy the summer. March forward!

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Summer Time Is Here!

You have made it to the end of the year.  Take time to congratulate yourself.  As you reflect on this past year, I’m sure there are things you are proud of and things you would love to forget.  Remember, everything that happens in life is a learning experience.  Until we give in, there are no failures.  Until we reach the goal, our successes strengthen us on our path.
 
The summer is a great time to address areas where we need extra work.  Did you struggle in math or science?  Spend one hour every morning on Khan academy or check out a math book from the library to practice a few problems a day.  For a few dollars, a workbook can be purchased from a bookstore.  If you need work in English or writing, read, read, READ and write a journal every day.  It’s amazing how much you can grow.
 
Go on, be the best for you! Go and get the future that you deserve!

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Have A Great Summer

You have reached the last month of your junior year. After this summer, you will officially be a senior. Take some time now to reflect on this summer and the coming year. It will go fast. The summer is a great time to address any areas that you feel need improvement. Do something positive and productive, stay out of trouble and safe summer.
Be the best for you! Go and get the future of your dreams!

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Protect Your Reputation before you have one

As a teenager, my siblings and I would sit at the dinner table with my father and have lively discussions about everything and anything. Often when I am faced with choices or difficult decisions, words of wisdom that my father would bestow during those memorable evenings. “Protect your reputation before you have one” was one of his favorite phrases.
In today’s world of social media, those words are even more important. One bad choice can be “shared” or found discovered through a few clicks on a mobile device or computer. Employers, admission offices and scholarship/grant organizations have been increasingly using social media platforms to research applicants. Be sure that when your name is searched, nothing negative or compromising is discovered.
How do you assure that your personal profile is clear?

  • Be very careful what you post to social media. If you post anything at all, make sure anyone under any circumstance could see it…for the rest of your life.
  • Do not do anything that could get you arrested.
  • Do not allow friends, love interests, or even family to photograph you doing anything that you wouldn’t want to be viewed by the general public.
  • If you are not sure something is appropriate, ask a counselor, parent or teacher you trust…or just don’t post it.

 
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Winding It Down

By now, you have likely committed to a college for next year. Over the next two months, it may be difficult to stay focused. You must continue to attend class and do your schoolwork so that you have a strong finish.
Start looking for something useful to do during the summer to stay occupied and out of trouble. Many jobs are available and there may still be opportunities to apply for additional scholarships.
Just stay engaged and anticipate a great future. Onward!

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Update your Fantastic Factor and Finish Strong

You are in the final stretch. If you haven’t met with your school counselor yet to plan for next year, take some time to do this. By now, you should have most of the categories on your Fantastic Factor Tracker completed. This log will be truly valuable to you in six months when you start filling out college applications. You don’t necessarily have to have something in every category. What’s most important is for you to show a consistent demonstrative commitment in one or two areas. With the summer coming, you still have the opportunity to expand your Fantastic Factor.
Keep studying hard to finish out your year strong. This is the last set of grades that determine the GPA you will use to apply for college.
Be the best for you! Go and get the future of your dreams.
 

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Summer advice

The end of the school year is approaching. As you plan for the upcoming summer, I would like to remind you of the important journey you are currently on. You are working to complete your high school education so that you can move on to college or another specialty school that will allow you to attain your dreams. Don’t let foolishness stop you.
The summer is an unstructured time that can work for or against you. FIND SOMETHING USEFUL TO DO! Work on a skill. Do something for your community. Help to plant some flowers at a residential facility while having a chat with someone wiser than yourself. Do a few questions every day to prep for your upcoming ACT/SAT testing.
Whatever you do, stay out of trouble. Avoid individuals who have nothing to lose and will, therefore, risk everything for a few moments of reckless pleasure. Don’t post anything to social media that would not make your mother and grandparents proud. Finally, don’t, don’t, don’t do ANYTHING illegal. The ultimate cost is never worth the gain.
Be the best for you! Go and get the future that you deserve!
 

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Managing Your College Acceptances

It’s time to start considering your choices. By now, most people have an acceptance from at least one if not a few colleges.  Over the next thirty days, most colleges and universities will attempt to fill their freshman classes.  If you have received multiple admissions, you have a very important choice to make.
When evaluating your admissions, it is first important to consider how each university fits into your ultimate goals.  Whatever your intended career, some schools will be a better match than others. You should also consider the financial aid package being offered by each school.  Are you being offered a scholarship from one of your top choices? Considering the long term impact educational debt can have on you, a school that offers scholarship money definitely warrants consideration.  
Once you have made your decision, inform the school and ask what other types of financial aid are available.  Many schools will offer work-study or will give additional funding to students with special abilities (athletic/musical).
You have done well.  Keep going!

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Planning for the summer

I know you’re thinking about spring break! Every student is. Start also considering what you will do this summer. Spring break is a great time to plan and apply for summer programs. There are national and international programs that can enhance your extracurricular interests, academic skills, or personal desire to serve. Check out what is available on the TeenUNMe website under the get engaged website. You can also look around your community. There are many non-profits and community centers that will have summer opportunities.
Be the best for you! Go and get the future of your dreams!
 

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