Making time for post-secondary planning in school: a proposal
Sitting in my darkened room, I blinked my heavy eyes and looked over at my clock: 2:25 a.m. Only one thing was able to erase the tiredness I was feeling - the joy of finally hitting ‘review and submit’ on my college application.
My experience is not a unique one. Many seniors, due to homework, extracurricular activities or lack of resources, end up putting off their applications until the very last minute.
In some schools - Hiawatha included - seniors are told they can work on their applications during Advisory period. But in between extracurricular activities, finishing homework, meeting with teachers to catch up on missed class time and attending club meetings, extra advisory time can be sparse.
A solution? One day per month when all seniors are taken aside and not only allowed to work on college applications, but are individually talked to about their plans for the future. Students who have plans that don’t involve college applications could still utilize the time given to talk with counselors about how they are planning for their future.
A poll of HHS seniors showed that 70 percent of respondents felt that having more time in school to work on applications would be beneficial.
Having a day like this would force seniors to focus solely on their futures and give them the resources to do it. With more support from school teachers and counselors, students would feel better about applying to colleges