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Take part in planning for your future

To make the right decision for the future, time needs to be committed in the present.
Twyla Kendrick, Elkhart Memorial High School Guidance Counselor
Posted on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 31, 2013 at 11:33 a.m.

One of our most important and rewarding roles as guidance counselors is to assist students in the preparing and planning for life after high school. The options, which are many, will likely include going on to some sort of higher education or training.

Finding the path that fits best is a result of one’s willingness to research and prepare. To make the right decision for your future, you need to be committing time and energy in your present. If you don’t know what you want to do or where you want to go, now is the time to gather information about yourself and your talents and interests.

Use personality tests, interest inventories and college comparison information available for free at learnmoreindiana.org or other websites. Pay attention to what you enjoy in your classes and/or extra-curricular activities. Preparation and attention to detail will make this process much less stressful and more rewarding.

Your guidance counselor can be a very useful resource. We can advise on college and career choices, facilitate through the college application process, write letters of recommendation, and advocate for your best interests. We cannot, however, make the decisions for you. It is imperative that the student be an active participant in this process.

Whether you are a freshman or senior in high school, a promising future is possible if you are willing to invest and commit to the decisions you are making about your future.

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