Congratulations to the Class of 2017!
Graduation season is here! From Pre-K to College, every milestone is celebrated. After watching seven children walk across the stage, the feeling of pride becomes overwhelming with each one. You can’t help think about all the hurdles your child had to reach this never-to-be-forgotten moment. That special moment when your child’s name is announced is one that the parents are just as excited as the student receiving that diploma! No point in trying to hold those tears of joy back. Just hope that your cell phone captured the moment so you can replay it and share it with those who couldn’t make the big event.
From Pre-K to College, every milestone is celebrated. After watching seven children walk across the stage, the feeling of pride becomes overwhelming with each one. You can’t help think about all the hurdles your child had to reach this never-to-be-forgotten moment. That special moment when your child’s name is announced is one that the parents are just as excited as the student receiving that diploma! No point in trying to hold those tears of joy back. Just hope that your cell phone captured the moment so you can replay it and share it with those who couldn’t make the big event.
Most parents endure the conferences, late nights, early mornings and forgotten homework for 12+ years been doing it all for 32 years. I can finally retire from this job. Yeah! I cannot even express how ready I was for this. The next day, we all had a hard time getting back into a routine. What routine? It was over, now what? Ha! So it begins!
Honors and Scholarships.
Leading up to the big day, we attended two Honors Convocations for our daughter. Listening to all the accomplishments these seniors achieved was extraordinary. Each student was to complete a minimum of 40 hours to meet the requirements for graduation. Many of those being honored had as much as four times the needed amount. Add multiple sports, activities, and part-time employment to that list. Makes you wonder how much free time they actually had if any.
I was actually disappointed to hear the small dollar amounts of the scholarships earned after jumping through all those hoops. Now any amount is better than zero when you consider the over inflated cost of college and all that goes with it. I just felt they deserved so much more. They had truly given 110% only to receive a couple hundred dollars. Of those honored, many received multiple honors and scholarships to get every dollar they could towards continuing their education.
College or No College
Some know exactly what they plan to do post graduation. College, Working or taking time off are the usual responses when asked what is next for them. All through the Twins senior year, they fed multiple helpings of “If you don’t attend college you will …” In the last few weeks or school, it was one sales pitch after another. Even the teachers were forcing the kids to sign a sheet for attendance which included their phone number and given to the college speaker that day. Talk about heavy marketing, Geez.
I am not against college. Making people feel inadequate if they choose not to attend or at least not right now is not appropriate. College is not for everyone. It can open many doors for you and provide you with a certain skillset. I recently read a blog post from Sandi Krakowski where she discusses how colleges are Direct Sales Companies that sell a future and promise an income.
I also watched a video dated a few years ago where Dani Johnson states that 90% of all medical students fail or never finish. They paid six figures to fail. That does not stop them from selling a course that has a 10% success rate. She goes on to say that companies tend to market to poverty mindsets. Personally speaking, I know many people who make six figures without college.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for college grads was 2.5% just six months ago. Some college or an Associate Degree was 3.8%. Now that does not seem like a high number. One has to consider what the stats were based on. Stats are not a one size fits all. Now out of those college graduates, how many are actually employed for what their degree is in?
High school graduates matter.
The college to corporate mindset seems to be the only thing that schools push. The high school diploma doesn’t carry as much weight as it used to. However, you can’t get anywhere without it. According to the Economic Policy Institute, only 36.7 percent of people in their prime working years (age 25 to 54) have a bachelor’s degree or higher, while 36.3 percent have a high school diploma or less. We need an economy that works for everyone not just those with the highest credentials. Access to good jobs for those without a college degree is especially critical, as stable employment allows them to build a career or pay for further schooling.
No one really knows what the future holds regardless of the plans we make. I hope to teach my children that they can be successful with or without a college education. Ultimately, it is their choice and hard work that will get them where they want to go. I personally don ‘t want to see them start their adult lives in debt. I will be showing them that they have options. With the tools available to them today, the only limit is the ones they put on themselves!
Congrats! We are so proud of you!