The 2016-17 school year is one-third of the way gone, packed away with memories of a heartbreaking football season, an abnormally exciting homecoming week, an election nastier than the Mountain Crest locker room, and high-stakes dodgeball for a great cause. Time flies, and in a blink of an eye, it will be May, with graduation right around the corner. The fond memories of Logan High’s centennial year will remain with us, but it must soon retire to the history books, and when it's gone, 2017-18 will be upon us, which prompts the question: what the heck am I going to do with my life?
Each year, 400 Logan High students fall victim to graduation. They’re thrust into the “real world,” and without a plan of action, it's hard to survive. Luckily, Logan High, the glorious saving institution that it is, will pull through in the clutch and throw you that life preserver you need while you’re still within her walls. With plenty of post-high planning resources available to all students, it is now easier than ever for Logan High students to succeed in the “real world,” but where do I begin?! Well, a good place to start is in the new counseling center, which is right across the hall from the orchestra room. There you will find Sharon Brazell, Logan High’s career center coordinator. If you need help putting together a post-high plan, Sharon is the one to talk to.
Each year, 400 Logan High students fall victim to graduation. They’re thrust into the “real world,” and without a plan of action, it's hard to survive.
“My job is to help kids with whatever their plan is after high school,” Ms. Brazell said. Whether your plan includes military service, college, a career training course, or even a mission, Ms. Brazell can help you know what you need to know and help you create a plan. “I’m just here as a resource to help the kids,” she said.
Ms. Brazell was instrumental in bringing the October College Tour to Logan High, which gave seniors a whole day to learn about Utah colleges and universities.
“It gives kids a taste of each of the schools and what they’re about and helps them decide if they’d like to pursue that school without having to drive all the way across the state to do it,” Ms. Brazell said. “As you’re trying to decide where people want to go for education after high school it can get kind of complicated or costly to drive out to the different colleges,” she said, and noted that this was a great way for students to see their options.
The Utah College Tour is held annually at LHS for seniors, but starting next October, it will be offered to the junior class instead of the seniors, as a way to give students more time to decide where they would like to attend. Seniors looking for more information about college should see Ms. Brazell in the counseling center and begin college applications sooner rather than later.
Sophomores and juniors are slightly more blessed than the rest of us at Logan High, because the classes of ‘18 and ‘19 fall under the “Gear Up” grant. The grant offers $365,000 to Logan High School every year and is to be used solely on the classes of 2018 and 2019 for the purpose of preparing them for post high school secondary education.
Kris Monson, the coordinator of the Gear Up program at LHS said the purpose of Gear Up is to get students to education they need to secure a career that they actually enjoy. Her job includes arranging speakers, college tours, and tutoring for those students that are covered by the grant.
“We want students to see ahead of high school,” Monson said. “We’re trying to give everybody a glimpse, and then we’re trying to offer help to get them to reach those points.”
Part of the way Gear Up is helping students with that “glimpse” is by taking them on physical tours of college campuses. In September, ten buses took the entire junior class to a campus of their choosing, ranging from Idaho State University to Brigham Young University, and all 10 college campuses in between. The same tour will be offered for sophomores in March.
Monson’s advice for students is to “decide what school you want to go to, and then go visit it. Go see the campus and make sure it fits you.”
Freshman and Seniors not covered with the Gear Up grant are still encouraged to see Ms. Monson in the Grizz Center (across the hall from Randy Cluff’s room) for help getting their college questions answered.
So there you have it--seniors, you have ⅔ of a school year left. Get the college help you need. Freshmen, sophs, and juniors, it's never too late to begin planning for college. Just ask any senior, it comes up much more quickly than you think.