Mood Tune: Young, Gifted and Black by Nina Simone (YouTube)
A few weeks ago I wrote about the Call Me Mister scholarship opportunity, a South Carolina program seeking to increase the number of black male teachers in public schools.
Today, I got alerted to a great site, Planning and Preparing for College, which is a great clearinghouse of information related to the college, scholarship, and test preparation processes. Even financial aid tips... and my work with college students shows that it's finances, not academics, that causes many students to leave college.
By the way, there's nothing wrong with student loans... I encourage them, as long as you finish school and go to grad school right away, or get into a good entry-level career position where your salary will help you manage your loans. Student loans are a better financial investment than... let's say, credit cards with high interest rates, or buying a car where there's value lost right away, or working to pay one semester of school then quitting school to work again to pay for another semester, and so on for 80 semesters. Anyway... I digress.
If you have a young seeker of knowledge and truth in your life, you should alert them to the site. Or check it out yourself and help a young person this month.
December can be a very stressful month for high school seniors. Not only are they dealing with finals, but this is the month many college applications are due. They're big decisions and sometimes a supportive and knowledgeable moment from an adult is helpful.
Go on with your young and gifted self!