Thinking back to when I was in high school, I remember that if we wanted any information on college, we went down this hallway to a bookshelf that had many college catalogs that we could read. We could look at the book right there, but we couldn’t take it and really go through it and study it. Keep in mind that this was back in the day before we had the internet.
Yesterday we had thirteen colleges represented at this year’s College Day. Most colleges are already out for Christmas Break, so reps from thirteen is good. I was really impressed with the information they presented to our students. They talked about dorm life, cafeterias, student activities, student parking, in addition to presenting academic information.
Today we had speakers representing twenty different occupations. One of the things we wanted was to offer a wide range of different career choices. We had a lawyer, firefighter, police investigators, a nurse, air conditioner service specialist, a chemist, photographer, a Justice of the Peace, an emergency dispatcher, barber, paramedic, a professional football player, car salesman, real estate agent, infrared technician, Hot Shot driver, President of an oil & gas company, banker, public relations officer, pharmaceutical rep, social worker, owner of a trucking company, sales rep, recruitment specialist for a wireless carrier, and a welder.
For the last two days, we tried to give the students a lot of information about colleges and universities, as well as, a wide variety of career opportunities. This year we brought up our 8th graders and included them so that they may begin thinking about all the different opportunities there are for them.
I was talking to my son last night about colleges and careers. He asked me when I was his age, if I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. That reminded me about when I was in high school. I didn’t have this kind of opportunity and exposure to many different possibilities with colleges and careers, so I hope these last two days helps these students by opening their eyes to just part of the world that is out there.