Guest writer Carline Dumerlin-Folks, a new Lynbrook mom, is back with some great tips for our college bound girls. I think this is practical advice for both boys and girls. Hey, it’s practical for you! Be sure to check out her blog where you can find SAT words of the day, class fashions, her book, and more which help teens with the whole college process. She really knows what she’s saying.
25 Things a Young Woman Should Do, Have and Know Before High School Graduation
1. Possess work, internship, or volunteer experience and an updated resume highlighting her accomplishments.
2. Know how to navigate her city or town, but know there is a world outside of it. Explore!
3. Read everything before signing.
4. References (not relatives) to speak on her behalf in regards to academics and/or work ethic.
5. Know what’s going on in the world.
6. Register to vote, if she is old enough.
7. Have a mentor who she keeps in regular contact with.
8. Own a suit, a versatile black dress and a pair of heels that she can walk in.
9. Be able to cook something, even if it’s not great.
10. A library card so that she can read books outside of what is required for school or work.
11. Possess or developing good time management skills.
12. That “please” and “thank you” are still magic words.
13. Possess intermediate to advance technological and public speaking skills.
14. Understand the importance of networking.
15. She is not invincible. The decisions she makes now will affect her later. Choose wisely.
16. Have some concept of the value of money. It doesn’t grow on trees.
17. Love and relationships are wonderful, but it shouldn’t hurt or impede on her progress.
18. Know who and how to ask for help. Ask questions. Speak up.
19. Open a bank account, checking and savings.
20. Know that people will come into her life for a reason, season or lifetime.
21. Her dreams can come true. She is full of potential. Set goals. Meet them. Repeat.
22. Walk confidently and love her body even if it’s not what society deems as “perfect.”
23. Learn to be happy for others.
24. To keep certain aspects of her life private.
25. To use social media responsibly
Carline Dumerlin-Folkes currently works in the field of education. She is a certified professional motivational coach and author who is dedicated to helping young women become their best selves through individual coaching and empowerment workshops. She is also the co-founder of Girl on Campus, a website dedicated to helping young women navigate college
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