Stay on track to reach future goals
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.
A new semester of classes has begun for Alachua County students, indicating another fresh start of opportunities during the second semester.
These opportunities should not be squandered nor should they be taken casually or for granted. This is really where the hard work is required of every student at every level. The push for excellence is a never-ending task. Parents must insist on their children doing the very best at all times.
The road to success is not always easy for families. The process requires many hours of labor-intensive work. There is an old saying, “You get out, what you put in.” In other words, if you give a little, you get a little back.
Applying little effort is for those who want to just get by. When students think in this manner, then parents need to recognize their role as leaders in the household and encourage their children to perform at the highest level of achievement.
In order to compete in a world that is rapidly going in the direction of high technological and sophisticated career opportunities, our students must be ready to meet the challenges they will face in the years ahead.
So, as we think about this new hi-tech world, one must realize early in life that he or she must make hard and serious decisions about their studies and what education should mean to them. As we all know, education is the gateway to a fruitful life here in America and in most other places.
Conventional wisdom has it that the best and the brightest will determine their fate in life through hard work and education. In this interpretation, only the most educated will succeed. If this is true, parents must map out strategies to ensure that their children study hard to prepare for the future.
Again, I must emphasize that this is not always an easy process. But, it could be, if students are consistent in their study habits and work hard toward their goal to fulfill their dreams.
Once again, this is where parents can assist — by helping to shape their children’s interests and career ambitions. Nothing is out of reach if time and energy are given toward achieving one’s goal. Every student must aim high for what they desire to accomplish in their life. It is not that difficult once students understand and are aware of what is attainable. Life can be good.
So, in this new semester, let’s not waste time on things that are not in the path of our career goals. For our high school students, their vision for the future should be clear and they should be on the right track to complete school. They ought to be looking closely at their graduation status and where they are in the grand scheme of where they would like to be in two, four, 10 and 15 years from now.
This requires more of an accurate assessment right now of their life, self-examining everything they do from this point on. Once this process is completed, then executing the plan day-by-day is required.
Look at these action items for your consideration:
Review grade point average.
Determine credits for graduation.
Schedule an appointment with your counselor to review your transcript.
Seek help with failing grades.
Commit to improving study habits.
Do not be in denial about your lack of achievement.
Take on a positive attitude to approach studies, i.e., “I can do this.”
Find a spot in your home for you alone to study and concentrate. Turn off the television.
Avoid foods that will impede a healthy lifestyle.
Get the proper rest and exercise.
Connect with teachers. Allow them to see you in a positive light. Share your vision with them, as well as your career goals for life. Make them partners in your plans.
Make good decisions in and out of school. Hanging with the wrong crowd can alter your plans. Stay focused.
If the aforementioned are steps you would consider, then you are on your way to becoming tomorrow’s leader. I ask that you not compromise on your dreams. Study hard for your own future.
Philoron A. Wright Sr. is assistant to the superintendent of community and schools for Alachua County Public Schools.
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