Getting Psyched Up for Going Back to School
Posted September 1, 2009on:
Heading Back to School
As your school year starts back up again, you’re probably starting to think about how this year will turn out. You’ve got a lot on your plate and you’re trying to juggle school, friends and family—hang in there! Start by setting some goals for yourself: do you want to score higher on the SATs? Make the varsity team? Get better grades than last year? Get a part-time job?
Make a list of your goals and work steadily toward achieving them; you’ll be surprised what you can do when you put your mind to it!
It’s never too early to be thinking about life after school—what will you be doing after you graduate? Think of some of your own personal dreams of success—do you know how to get there?
Whatever your idea of success is, it is widely accepted that higher education will help you in your future. College graduates earn an average of $20,000 more per year than people who only have a high school diploma!*
Branch out of your comfort zone this year and create some opportunities for yourself to meet new people, have new experiences, and learn something new about yourself. Get involved in your school to make it more enjoyable and to give yourself something to do besides homework and projects and tests. Join a club that meets at lunchtime or after school; try out for a sports team; volunteer for community service.
Employers are always looking for employees who are well-rounded, who can work hard and also get along with their co-workers. Take the opportunity this school year to meet new people, make new friends and work on your social skills.
Obama’s Back-to-School Event
On September 8, President Obama will appear in a 30-minute documentary along with LeBron James and Kelly Clarkson to talk about the importance of education. The program is called “Get Schooled: It’s Your Right” and will air at 5pm PST on BET, MTV, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, SpikeTV and Nickelodeon. Mark your calendars and make sure you tune in!
*2007 College Board study by Sandy Baum and Jennifer Ma. Your local market data likely differs from these statistics.