10 Tips for High School Graduates heading to College

Jeff Yalden is a youth motivational speaker that speaks at high school assemblies and teen leadership conferences throughout the country.  When he posted a message on his facebook page about high school graduates, he received an incredible response from a student that continues to follow Jeff and his youth motivational speaking.

This Top 10 Tips for High School graduates comes from a student that is living it now.  This is James Latshaw, a sophomore at Liberty University.  Jeff endorses his words.

1: Take your finals, try to get the best grade that you can get. It will help in you gaining an “Academic Award” scholarship from the college you want to go to. Also, re-take the SAT, strive for a better grade in it.

2: Have a plan after graduation. Try to plan your life out a few years down the road. you don’t need to have every detail mapped out, but have a rough idea of where you are and where you want to go so that you might best evaluate your surrounding circumstances and choose the best course of action which will allow you to pursue your goals.

3: College isn’t the answer for everyone. It is a REALLY good idea to go to a college, but in all honesty, you can get an equally good job by going to a trade school or gaining an apprenticeship. Also, don’t be bummed out if you don’t get into your first pick for a school. Harvard might not accept you, but you can still get a good education by not going to a super prestigious school.

4: If you think college is all about partying you are dead wrong. Sure there are the big time party goers, but these generally flunk out or don’t end up coming back to school even to finish their freshman year!
Wise up now and go to school for the right reasons. To get an education and provide for yourself with a better future.

5: Apply for FASFA and as many grants and awards that you can get. Funding is important, and there is a lot of money you get out there that you can get.

6: Deadlines are fast approaching! If you wait until the last minute you might not get in. My university’s dealing for certain funding is June 1st. So if you don’t graduate until June 4th or so, you could be in a little bit of a pickle. So thing ahead now.

7. Pick a good major or trade. A lot of people will start off with a tough major and think that it is to hard for them and then drop it for something that is easier. It’s ok to switch your major, but make sure you are doing it for the right reasons and not just to cop out of something that’s a little hard.

8: Also, college is a LOT harder than HS. AP testing and the SAT are nothing compared to it! Your teachers will push you hard, but it will make you a much better student. Take the challenge and give it a 100 and you’ll get a 100 out of it.

9: Research the schools that you want to go to before you go there. Find their job placement rate, and their teacher/staff ratings.

10: Enjoy the ride. YOU’RE GRADUATING! Be happy! Enjoy it! Life will go on and everything will be alright with you. Just give it your best shot and you can never miss because you will always hit something. You can learn more from your mistakes than from your success. But the number 10 thing for you to do is NOT to worry, but instead have fun, smile, laugh, and enjoy the summer and the adventure that will be your life!

Hope this helped,
-James Latshaw
Sophomore at Liberty University

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Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives. www.JeffYalden.com

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