Monday, March 28, 2011

After High School: What Comes Next? (giveaway)


In my book, How to Hook a Hottie, 17 year-old Kate DelVecchio has very different plans for her post-high-school future than her parents...and part of the story deals with how she’s going to get around them to make her life happen her way.


That storyline came to me partly because two of my kids were nearing the end of high school at the time, and I was watching them and their friends weighing options. Because clearly, it’s a stressful time, with many factors needing to be weighed carefully, especially if you’re not entirely certain what your life’s plan is.

Four year college...community college...straight to work...trade/tech school...military...”gap year”...and more!


So as we near April 1st of this year (the date by which most four year colleges will reply), my youngest son and his friends will be addressing these questions AND answers, deciding who is going where and who is doing what and how.

Exciting times. Kind of nerve-racking, too.

How about you? Are you or anyone in your life in post-high-school flux? Or do you remember this time in your life and the choices you did or did not make?

Please share with us. And next Monday, I’ll give away a signed copy of HOW TO HOOK A HOTTIE to one commenter!

Tina

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16 comments:

GirlforChrist said...

I don't know if this counts, but I'll soon be in post-highschool-flux-----and it scares me!! Any advice?

TinaFerraro said...

Advice? Well...having gone through this 4 times now (for myself, and my 3 kids), I guess it's to take it slow and serious. To investigate options, talk to adults (parents/guardians/relatives/guidance counselors) as well as friends, and not to be afraid to dream big. My family took some risks (applying to "reach schools" and for scholarships), some that paid off, some that didn't, but you know that old line about how you can't succeed if you don't try?

Anyone else want to offer advice?

Margay said...

I actually took a cosmetology course out of high school, then went into the job force after that (not in hairdressing, but that's another story). 16 years after high school, I went to college and got an Associate's Degree. I really wish I'd gone to college right out of high school, but it wasn't in the cards for me so I'm living vicariously through my older daughter, who's in her second year of college now.

Janie Emaus said...

Don't be afraid to follow your dream. That's the best advice I can give, one I should have followed myself.

Cayla Kluver said...

I'm in it right now (although I had two gap years between high school and now college). I'm flying the coop from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania in the fall. Exciting! I'm not really scared though (wait til I'm on the plane), probably because of the gap years. Met a lot of people, did a lot of stuff. PA doesn't feel that exotic haha.

Jess Day said...

My cousin...she didn't really plan ahead in her high school year and now as a senior she is struggling. However she hads something up her sleeve...and I think my volleyballstar cousin...may go int college for accounting agaianst her freinds's wishes.

TinaFerraro said...

Margay, I am a lot happier with the way my kids are addressing than education than I did, too!

Exciting times for you right now, Cayla!

Jess, thanks for sharing about your cousins. And amazing how quickly high school graduation creeps up on you!

Llehn said...

Oh, I remember my post high schoo flux all right! It was totally agonizing thinking that that one decision will determine the way your life would go!! Of course, in retrospect, you now know that anytime you don't like the path you're on, you can always take another one. Wish I had known it then!

TinaFerraro said...

Ah, Llehn, life is always so much easier in hindsight, huh? ;) Thanks for weighing in!

stephhale said...

I don't remember being nervous about getting my college acceptance letter at all. I just knew where I wanted to go and that it would happen. Ah, to have back the confidence of my 18-year-old self again. :)

TinaFerraro said...

Steph, I don't remember being all that nervous about my college letters, either. But as one of my kids tells me, "Life was smaller then." :)

nymfaux said...

I remember being in such a hurry to finish high school and college--I wanted to get everything out of the way as quickly as possible...It wasn't until toward the end of college that I realized I wasn't in a race, there weren't any prizes for finishing first, so why was I rushing through all the things I had looked forward to for so long?

I rearranged things and took some more time, and I enjoyed things a lot more.

TinaFerraro said...

Very good point, nymfaux! Enjoy life as it is happening...

1110cg said...

My friend is anxiously waiting for her letters now! I hope she gets in!

girls cooking games said...

I don't know if this counts, but I'll soon be in post-highschool-flux-----and it scares me!! Any advice?

TinaFerraro said...

1110cg--best of luck to your friend!!!

girls cooking games--advice, yes! As some of us have been saying, don't be afraid to follow your dreams when it comes to your future! But be sure to do your homework, too, to investigate options, speak to adults (parents, teachers, guidance counselors) and friends. Also, if you have to write an essay, it's a good idea to get feedback to make sure you're coming off exactly the way you hope to!