Student Motivation


Jennifer Fowler, Editor-in-Cheif

IMG_5204North’s students need motivation to pursue opportunities

By Jennifer Fowler/ Editor-in-Cheif

Most 18-year-olds have clear ambitions. To get accepted into college, finish their senior year, and get handed their diploma. And while college is a tangible goal for most, shelling out cash to pay for it isn’t easy.
This is something most young people stress over, and usually end up racking up massive amounts of debt to receive their degree. Wouldn’t you be happy if your tuition was paid for? I thought so.
A burgeoning issue that exists in tandem with high tuition rates is the amount of students that do not take advantage of the opportunities available to them. I see this way too often in the students at McCluer North: a lack of motivation, ambition and guidance. I’m now a senior, planning to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia next fall with $11,000 in scholarships. Did this money appear out of thin air? Of course not. I sought out opportunities in which I could pay for my college education, because if I don’t have to come out of pocket because someone else is willing to give me the money, I’ll gladly accept. My point being, there is free money everywhere, literally. I advise students to take time to listen to the announcements everyday, as there is important information being blared through the halls, but no one stops talking to listen.
There are also plenty of opportunities written in the advisory bulletin, distributed by the guidance department. Within those pages are details about scholarship workshops, available scholarships, ACT dates and waivers that allow students to take the $40 test free of charge, as well as a myriad of volunteer and tutoring programs. Along with those two utilities, there are flyers hung around the school boasting of programs to participate in on the weekends, as well as plenty of information in the guidance office and on the school website. With these being just a few examples, it goes to show that there are opportunities waiting to be taken advantage of.
I can’t stress enough how good it looks on a resume, to have volunteer work, summer or weekend programs, or extracurricular activities. The more well-rounded the student, the more apt organizations are to hand out money. Colleges like to see that you were the president of student council, volunteered on the weekend, and played a varsity level sport. A student who’s dipped their toes in every activity possible, and kept their GPA out of dangerous waters is an ideal student.
For seniors, time is running out to type up those resumes. But for underclassmen, I strongly encourage you to seek out the opportunities available to you. Don’t talk during the announcements. Try and get them to listen to what’s going on. Ask your advisor for the advisory bulletin, and skim the pages for programs to participate in during the weekend. It doesn’t hurt to look, remember that. There are so many experiences out there waiting for you, but if you don’t make an effort to keep an eye out for them, you’ll never know.