Written By: Chandler Gayden & Robyn Courtwright
High School, you’re spending four years of your life here, so you might as well know how to live on your own afterwards. Teachers have steered you in the right direction, and now you need to know how to steer yourself. So here’s just five tips to help you out.
1. Save Money
A key to surviving life after high school is having a financial cushion. Having money saved up before college can save you time and drudgery in the long run. Understanding what you need and what you want is a key factor in not wasting your money. Bills can get crazy and things could pop up out of the blue, so saving in high school at a quick and easy job can steer you in the right direction.
2. Utilize your Guidance Counselor
A lot of students don’t go to see their counselor unless their counselor wants to see them, and that can be a big issue when it comes to mapping out your path to college or future careers. Your guidance counselor has many connections and ways to help you find out what road you should walk down including; scholarship suggestions, access to your grades and GPA, tips on how to apply to colleges, information on many colleges and what kind of students they accept and deny, and what kind of courses colleges offer. So always remember that your guidance counselors and Career Specialists have your back!
3. Visit your College Choices
High Schools don’t give you days to visit college for nothing. They want you to visit schools and for a good reason! When picking your college, you must visit it, to not only see how close your room is to the café, but also scope out the city. Chances are you are probably going to have to move for your school. You have to make sure there are some jobs in the area, and that everything you need is in town. Even if you don’t move you will still need to check and see if there are part time jobs nearby for groceries and small miscellaneous items. A college visit can often be the deciding factor between multiple schools, so take the opportunity to go see where you might be spending the next four years of your life.
4. Pick a Cost/Career Effective College
Going to a college that not only matches your career, but also the size of your wallet is extremely important. Don’t go to a college because your parents went to it or because your friends are going to it. Go to a college that you know you’ll be able to pay for without a tremendous amount of debt. Also the college your parents went to may not have the right program for your career. You need to look for the cheapest and best matching school for you,for your future career and your future wallet.
5. Participate in WKHS Life After High School Program
White Knoll High School offers a series of programs and one that is extremely important is the Life After High School Program. The staff that runs it has helpful tips and ways to guide you through what you are going to do after high school. For more information on this program you can go to our school’s Guidance office and ask away. The program’s staff definitely look forward to seeing you there!