Encourage a teen to go to college

  • comical44

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    Mar 22, 2013 3:30 AM GMT
    So my little brother (one of the 2 brothers I mentor) is approaching the end of his 11th grade year...

    Ive seen him make amazing progress from where he was when I started 1.5 years ago mentoring him. Hes turned his whole life around and now does great in school,sports, choices etc. Its been so rewarding for me on a personal level.

    He doesnt have much support at home to do something with his life, I mean his parents "want him to do well with school and have a successful life" but they have no follow through because to some extent that arnt doing shit with their own lives so Ive taken on a very big role in his life and im very invested in his well being and trying to make him become a successful young man. Hes at a point where people have a lot of influence over him and because im so involved and invested in his life I feel like I could have a big impact on his future by encourage him to explore college and different majors. Hes voiced to me that he wants to go to college possibly but isnt 100% sure for what.

    So my question is....

    What can I do over the next 6-9 monthes to help him figure out what he might want to possibly pursue in college. Are their programs at colleges that allow high school students to spend a day/days at the college exploring different majors?? I thought their were programs for undecided high schoolers to come and check out the college(s) and talk to them about a bunch of majors and maybe let them work in a certain department to help them become more decisive.

    Help any advice and knowledge will help me...What Can I do to motivate him into considering college and finding a passion or degree he wants to pursue.

    This Teen unlike his parents WANTS to do BIG things with his life and because he doesnt have a motivated set of parents to help him . I WILL
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    Mar 22, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    First figure out how he's going to pay for college. I'm assuming his parents won't be much help, right?

    Next figure out what he's passionate about. What hobbies does he have? What is his dream job? And so on.
  • calibro

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    Mar 22, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    tell him the average college grad makes over a million dollars more in a lifetime than someone with just a high school diploma
  • ohioguy12

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    Mar 22, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
    Introduce him to some drunk sorority girls...assuming he's straight
  • Medjai

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    Mar 22, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    Almost no one knows their path upon entry. Just get him in, let him take the courses he wants, and figure it out himself.
  • tyler_helm

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    Mar 22, 2013 5:00 AM GMT
    There are many Junior Colleges or Community colleges that will help him bridge the gap from High School to University. He can explore his options at a less expensive option. This will also help him relearn some concepts that he might have missed.
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    Mar 22, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    This is what happens when you don't educate yourself.

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    Mar 22, 2013 5:11 AM GMT
    Complete a FAFSA asap (to get money for school--assuming he would be a freshman in the Fall. If not, then he'll need to do a FAFSA next January).

    Community college would be a GREAT! option for him. There's no shame in it and it saves you so much money!

    I saved $15,000 and learned what I wanted to do in those two years at Community college. It was the best thing I could have done.
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    Mar 22, 2013 5:46 AM GMT
    I'm sorry I can't answer your question. I just wanted to say what a great thing you are doing and I hope your student knows what a terrific mentor he has!
  • stratavos

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    Mar 22, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidI'm in my fourth year of college. Never wanted to go. I'm in my fourth miserable year of college. Stop forcing young adults to go to college if they don't want to.


    *nod* some people join programs because they think it's what they want and in the final years, or even halfway through find out that they will dread it. What's wrong with getting some real world experience before continuing your education?
  • 1blind_dog

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    Mar 22, 2013 6:23 AM GMT
    musicbox89 saidThis is what happens when you don't educate yourself.

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    ^^This is a riot
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    Mar 22, 2013 6:28 AM GMT
    1blind_dog said
    musicbox89 saidThis is what happens when you don't educate yourself.

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    ^^This is a riot


    LOL. He's goin' in Nekkid. LOL!!!!

  • Apparition

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    Mar 22, 2013 6:55 AM GMT
    his marks might eliminate a lot of choices leaving you something to focus on.

    your college major unless it is in a very job specific thing like engineering doesnt matter as long as you get one. Most people dont work in their field anyway. The degree just means you can learn how to learn, and stick it out til the end of a long project. Those are the real skills. Everything else will be fake training anyway for a specific job later on. 4 years from now most jobs will have been invented after you started the degree anyway.

    most universities have lists of alumnai and the jobs they have, and most people would probably be willing to talk to a kid if they contact them.

    There are some aptitude tests on the computer to see what you are good at and like too. Ask a guidance counsellor at the highschool or college.
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    Mar 22, 2013 8:09 AM GMT
    Feel that spending time looking at long term goals is worthwhile...maybe not specific jobs, but the areas of interest./general direction - engineering, journalism, farming...maybe some quizzes such as mbti may give some insight.
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    Mar 22, 2013 9:57 AM GMT
    Set up a meeting with a career counselor at the local community college to get him started.

    Comical you are awesome!
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    Mar 22, 2013 10:02 AM GMT
    hE7085DFD

    I pity the fool who don't stay in school... Mr. T. icon_biggrin.gif