With the costs of tuition increasing every semester along with the demands for a college education in the workforce, the stakes are high for soon-to-be high school graduates. One local school is turning to some big guns to help their students make that transition to higher education more seamlessly. Summer Joy caught up with an author and motivations speaker who focusses her efforts on getting high schoolers to the next level.
"I don't care who you are or where you came from. Even if they have a 3.0 or less they can achieve great things. If I look at a young person, every young person as potential for great things," said June McBride, an Author and Motivational Speaker.
McBride's goal with these seminar at Snake River High School is to help make college and scholarships a reality for these high school students.
This 3-day program started on Monday as teachers were presented with June McBride's five step course, how it works and how to motivate their students.
"It takes a village to raise a child. It includes the parents, community, church, businesses, teachers, counselors, everybody together joining to build that community effort to help our young people reach their dreams," added McBride.
Then, Tuesday afternoon McBride spent time with Snake River high school students to give them the tools on how to succeed. She says the first and most important step is to do community service.
"Greatness comes from serving. When I serve and give, that is the greatest joy I have. Through serving I begin to discover what I love. If I discover what I love, then I'm successful. I'll choose to go and study what I love, it's not boring, it's what I want to do," said McBride.
The second step is to have a well written and creative essay, thirdly, have a Resume. This is a cheat sheet that will make it easier for you when filling out applications for universities or scholarships. Next, get recommendation letters and make sure you give them plenty of time and lastly, having your latest transcript available. McBride adds that this process should begin no later than the ninth grade and continue throughout your college career.
"You've always heard the statement, 'Dream it, Achieve it,' no, no, no. It's dream it, plan it, work hard, and achieve your dreams. I say dream big dreams and I'm going to help you get the money to pay for that dream," said McBride.
Snake River School District would like to invite the community to their last class; open for anyone that wants more information about how to apply for college and get scholarships, it's going to be held tomorrow night starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Snake River High School Cafeteria.
McBride also recommends students to look into the two websites listed below. They offer resources and connections with universities across the country. www.edudaris.com www.pathtoscholarships.org