State of Education: Thoughts on graduation
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Graduation time is near, and so I decided to stop off at Tech Valley High School in Rensselaer to see if students are ready to make that transition from class to campus. I started by getting some insight on what students have learned here. First, a student who is heading to the University of New England for marine biology.
"I really think communication was a big thing for me. Before I came here I was very quiet, and I was a very shy person, but over the years I've really come out of that comfort zone," said student Chelsea Naylor.
Another is heading to SUNY Purchase.
"I've learned that just because I don't know how to do something right off the bat, doesn't mean I'm incapable of doing it, an I've learned to never give up," said Rose Biggerstaff.
And yet another said his big topic to remember is communicating with others.
"Because if you don't, you'll never be able to get anything done because usually you're building some thing for someone else, and if you don't know what they want, you really can't create it," said Dyaln Weremeichik.
"These days colleges are looking for more than just high marks. Although of course that's still important, it's also a plus to have something known as 21st century skills.
"They're really looking for students who can take advantage of the kinds of programs that universities are set up, and I cannot wait to hear the results of our 28 students who will be at they're first and second year of college, I think they're extremely well-prepared," said Tech Valley High School Principal Dan Liebert.
So since they are well-prepared I asked them if they had any advice for future graduates.
"I highly recommend to students and underclasses to definitely get out there to get their name out there, bother them, they'll take your name down, they won't forget you," said Naylor.
Procrastination can also be an enemy when it comes to applying.
"As things are being done last minute, things are getting crazier, like I didn't do scholarships, I'm been waiting last minute to do scholarships, don't do that because all the scholarships are gone," said student James Hazzard.
And perhaps some philosophy that really sums it all up.
"You can get where you want to go, you can do what you want to do if you put the work in, so just be yourself, live and let live, and love what you're doing," said Biggerstaff.
A lesson for life.