Last post for this year….maybe…

Congratulations to the grads to be.

Congratulations for those who made it through so far.

It’s just a few months until the school year ends.

Keep working hard and love your friends.

Haha..that was cheesy but I won’t be on here regularly so enjoy it!

#JesusLOVESYOU

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6 Things High School Students Need (Resources)

1. G-O-D.

So apparently people think they just see all these wonderful things all over the world and it just magically exploded and became what it is all by itself. Well, that isn’t true and the sooner students realize that and get to know God themselves the better everyone will be. Why? It is the very reason we are all here and until we know Him everything is just a space filler. There is a deep emptiness every one of us feels for love. That space is God. So grab a Bible (NIV is the easiest to read) and start with the book of John. I’ll continue writing about the Bible and I always answer tough questions straight from the Bible. Honestly the best thing about knowing God is knowing God and He always has something to show or reveal. He’s kinda awesome!

John 3:16 tells the truth: God LOVES the world. So He sent His Son to gives us the place we all want in our hearts…to be loved unconditionally by someone who won’t ever hurt you or leave you.

2. Collegeboard.org should be the second most visited site for all high school students. It is up-to-date and every single month your calendar for your individual goals should be filled with SAT test dates or tips, etc. from this site. Remember planning is half the battle.

3. The book: Get it Together for College by the College Board is a tool all parents should buy (get it cheaper on Amazon). It literally tells all of the basic information for getting your child into college. If you are a freshman or sophomore you should own this book. IF you are a junior or senior this book is going to make your life so much easier. Once you buy it you don’t have to buy another book about the college process. It is that good.

4. Once you take Geometry, Algebra 1 and 2 the SATs and ACTs will be your biggest hurdle to jump right over. Be sure to take those three courses and especially to focus on the Geometry. Getting books to practice the exams (SAT, ACT, SAT subjects, etc) is the best thing parents and students can do to assess what lessons they need to review. If you can afford a tutor after figuring out what you need more help in then get a tutor but if you can’t afford one do this: Find a friend/family member/local church member who is good at the subject ask them to help for something in return.

5.FAFSA is your best buddy. Get on the site before you even need to.

https://fafsa.ed.gov/ should be a site parents and children review together. There are some awful things that happen to students who aren’t helped. They may be eligible for money and not get it or they may fill it out late or wrong and delay the entire process. A wise woman once told me that the first step to becoming an adult was filling out forms in a legible way. Honestly it is true. Most of the things you want in life require you to fill out some type of form. Do not avoid getting to know about FAFSA. Do it over the summer.

6. Other sites that are totally worth the effort: Fastweb and Dosomething.org.

I always scratch my head when students tell me they haven’t started looking for scholarships or used Fastweb or bought a scholarship book because it is a big part of being a student. You work hard to earn scholarship money. School is just like work. You get an ‘A’ and someone rewards that. You overcome something and someone might reward it but if you don’t search you won’t know. So start today!

Summer is just around the corner. All my future high school students and 9-12 graders for next year…should be preparing themselves to determine what they want to do for the scholarships they plan on earning.

Remember, hard work can pay off.

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College Planning-Sales, Sales, Sales!

If you worked this semester or during the school year and you saved some of the money consider hitting the sales racks at the mall.

Buying the linen, storage items and utensils while they are on sale will save you a lot of money. A general rule for those who never worked in retail is there are about three or four prices. The first price is for the people who “have to have it first.” If an item is very popular then obviously it may sell out before it is marked down but usually the second or third price is the smart price for students.

You can get good quality sheets for $5.00-$10.00 if you time the sales right. Saving money is going to be very important so try to buy things that are on sale. Keep more money!

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