Updates from Frederick Smith, former Detroiter living in Los Angeles, and author of Down For Whatever (July2005) and Right Side of the Wrong Bed (December 2007).
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
College Application Time
When I was in high school, we had so many college nights and college recruiters we couldn't decide how many nights a week to give up to go back to school and hear from the places we wanted to go.
The military, or simply getting a job, wasn't an option. Not even a thought. I hear things have changed. Especially in L.A., where military recruiters sometimes get more respect than college recruiters in the schools, according to my friends in university recruitment and admissions. I don't know what things are like in your city.
So... if you have a nephew, niece, little brother or sister, or cousin... especially high school seniors... sit down with them in these next few weeks. Ask them about their goals and aspirations. Ask them what schools they want to attend after high school. Encourage them to apply. Tell them not to worry about the money. It will come. Even for the application fees if the family doesn't have money for them.
Most applications will be due by early January 2006 for admission in Fall 2006. Financial aid forms are due in early 2006, and the sooner they're turned in the better.
The important thing is to stay in school, finish, and build the future and life they want to live. And if that encouragement doesn't come from a teacher or parents, you can be the one to provide that encouragement and kick in the pants. fs