Monday, May 2

Life After High School

"Find purpose in your life. Choose the things you would like to do, and educate yourselves to be effective in their pursuit. For most it is very difficult to settle on a vocation. You are hopeful that you will marry and that all will be taken care of. In this day and time, a girl needs an education. She needs the means and skills by which to earn a living should she find herself in a situation where it becomes necessary to do so." - President Gordon B. Hinckley

If you live near a university or college, arrange to take your Laurels (and older Mia Maids) to the college for a tour. Make sure to tour places like the admissions office, career advising center, and learning labs. (I have a daughter who is a bit afraid of the work required in college, but by showing her the helping resources available, it can help alleviate some of those fears.) Take them to the student center, and help them appreciate the fun and social aspect of college. Visit the library, art galleries, music studios, etc.

If you know someone who teaches there, ask them to talk to the girls about what kind of work is expected from college students. Also, have them share their passion for their subject. Maybe take in a concert or play while there. Even if the girls do not attend the university or college where you visit, it could light a spark or flare the fire in them to be excited about college, and give them a boost in doing well in their high school work.

If you live near a technical college, cosmetology school, medical careers school, take the girls to tour those as well. They will get great ideas, inspiration, as well as seeing what is out there for them when they graduate!

On another night, ask women you know who have degrees (either college or technical), to come share with the girls why they selected that degree.