For many teens school is just a time to make friends, have fun, and party. It is good to have fun in high school, but there should be a
balance between fun and studying. In the work force today, people without a high school diploma make considerably less than someone who
has the diploma. If a teen wants to attend college, they need to apply themselves in high school. Some teens fail to associate the importance
of their high school GPA as it relates to their future. In order to attend a decent college high school students must apply themselves.
High school athletes can also fail to connect these facts together. Some young people believe that they will be able to obtain a scholarship
because of their athletic abilities. This may be true, but the teen will suffer in college if they have not taken the time to apply themselves
in high school. It is hard to do college math when a student has not mastered high school math. This principle applies to all subjects.
Another factor for the high school athlete to consider is the small amount of athletes accepted into college athletic programs. It is also
wise to look at the reduced number of athletes that ever become a professional athlete. Some high school athletes are convinced that they
are good enough to make it as a pro and don’t take the time to develop a back up plan. Even if they are capable of making it as a pro an
injury could end their career very abruptly. Having not paid attention is high school or college, the athlete can be caught in a very
It is important for every high school student to work closely with their high school counselor. The counselor can help them develop a
plan to receive a good education and still pursue their athletic possibilities. Too many young people plan on something that may never come
to pass. The counselor will be able to provide not only a plan for an education but a back up plan. It is wise to pursue ones dreams and
proceed with every expectation that they will happen. It is even more important to plan for the worst. The adage “plan for the worst and
hope for the best” is really true.
The time to plan for the future is now. The future for every teen is theirs to decide. One can not sit around filled with doubt and
fear about the future. Today is the time to take action. As a parent sit down with your teen and help them realize how important it is
to get good grades and graduate. Stress the importance of getting a scholarship and how important college is.
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy." - Dale Carnegie