Greetings High School Students and Families,
As regular followers of my social media posts know, I share some very interesting articles across a wide-spectrum of business, humanities, STEM and arts topics. My intention is for emerging teens to discover how much more awaits them as undergraduates – poised to explore innovations underway and multi-disciplinary career paths. High school classes might spark an initial direction into broad categories- but it’s through guided student discovery that young adults can learn about the many ways they might leverage their interests and strengths to solve an interesting problem. What’s Your Problem? Start small– solving cancer is ambitious but you won’t want to state that per se in your college app- perhaps something more focused about a specific part of that very broad stream of research.
I recently shared an article on my Facebook and LinkedIn pages entitled “The Most Commonly Spoken Language in Every US State, Excluding English and Spanish” published by Business Insider. My post had more likes and shares than anticipated – it caught people’s attention. The United States is a diverse nation and we aim to be inclusive and respectful in our communities, schools and our workplace. The article was rather interesting because it appeals to students of many emerging interests– foreign language, government, political science. legal studies, women’s studies, anthropology and many more. I encourage you to think about all these interesting majors and navigate through college websites to learn about the careers that undergraduates pursue with a degree in these majors. I’d welcome the opportunity to engage in a conversation about any of these and more possibilities and discover where you might see the next steps of your educational path.
I invite you to leverage my experience guiding high school and undergraduate students to understanding and navigating majors– providing pre-college and undergraduate advisor.
In honor of Women’s History month– I also call attention to another major- Women’s Studies– an important major where students and faculty have many multi-disciplinary projects in connection with History, Politics, Business, Anthropology, Biology, Public Health, and Sociology to name a few. You might be wondering about this degree path– it’s actually an incredibly interesting subject relevant to those interested in a career in public service, business or medicine as issues affecting women are indeed unique.
I’ll continue to point out some majors that you might not have considered and invite you to reach out to explore your interests and educational path. Students should always aim to select a major and then find the colleges that offer the most robust educational and post-graduate opportunities in a particular major- -you’ll be surprised that it’s not always an Ivy League that accomplishes that objective.
- A Challenging “synergistic” high school curriculum (AP, IB, AICE, Dual-Enrolled??)
- Sustained, directed and meaningful extracurricular activities both within and outside of school (Involvement driven by genuine interest)
- Student directed research to explore a variety of emerging academic and career interests (Customized academic/career discovery exercises focused on your strengths!)
- Time management solutions(Parents- you’re too busy to argue with your emerging adult about homework!)
- Setting goals for target colleges, majors and scholarships (Overlapping interests?)
- Affordable college choices – FAFSA, CSS Profile, Merit-based aid??! (Yes, you can afford college!)
Juniors should begin the process of exploring major areas of interest. Leverage my university experience and knowledge of a variety of majors. Let’s explore together!
Look for synergies between your high school curriculum, your strengths and potential undergraduate majors of interest!