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Exploring College Culture

  1. 1. Mrs. Bentheim 6 th Grade Reading Exploring College Culture
  2. 2. What is college? <ul><li>College is a place where you go when you want to focus your learning to a specific area of interest, expand your career possibilities, and participate in lifelong learning. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why should I go to college? <ul><li>Life-long friendships </li></ul><ul><li>Once-in-a-lifetime experiences </li></ul><ul><li>A bachelor’s (4-year degree) provides you with potential to earn much more than someone with just a high school diploma </li></ul><ul><ul><li>US Census Bureau: Those with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $51,554 in 2004, while those with just a high school diploma earned $28,645 . Those without a high school diploma earned an average of $19,169. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL for a family of four in 2004 was $18,850. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sources: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; U.S. Census Bureau </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Did you go to college? <ul><li>From 1997 – 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cal State Long Beach (California) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Washington State (Washington) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fullerton College (California) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portland Community College (Oregon) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College of Southern Nevada (Nevada) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Nevada) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Did you graduate? <ul><li>In 2001 – Certificate in Management and Supervision </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005 – A.S. in Administration of Justice </li></ul><ul><li>In 2007 – B.S. in Elementary Education </li></ul>
  6. 6. What jobs did you have with that education? <ul><li>Marketing Writer and Strategist </li></ul><ul><li>Travel Writer and Photographer </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher’s Aide </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul>
  7. 7. Yeah, but I just want to play Pro ball. <ul><li>That’s a great to have. </li></ul><ul><li>However, most Pro athletes are drafted through their colleges where they not only have top-notch talent, but have to perform above average (As, Bs, Cs) to stay on the team! </li></ul><ul><li>On the other hand, let’s say you DO make it to the draft. You blow out your knee the first year—game over. Literally. Then what? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Forget about sports—I want to be a model. <ul><li>Again, a great . </li></ul><ul><li>However, your looks won’t be around forever. </li></ul><ul><li>What happens if you’re disfigured in an accident? Or gain weight after having a baby in your early 20s? What if you lose your hair? What is your backup plan? </li></ul><ul><li>The point is that a modeling career is not a secure career. </li></ul><ul><li>A college degree, however, will provide you with a steady foundation to go anywhere and do anything! </li></ul>
  9. 9. OK, well what do I need to do? <ul><li>Start focusing on your studies NOW. In middle school. </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in school clubs and activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help. </li></ul><ul><li>Use your student agenda to mark important dates. </li></ul><ul><li>Turn in all of your assignments on time. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle school prepares you for high school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High school prepares you for college. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College prepares you for LIFE! </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. You say all this, but when did you start preparing for college? <ul><li>In middle school. </li></ul><ul><li>I went to school except for when I was sick. I participated in school clubs and worked with my friends and parents to complete my homework assignments on time. </li></ul><ul><li>The most important thing I learned during those years was how to be responsible for myself and for my actions. </li></ul>
  11. 11. OK. But I can’t afford college. <ul><li>Guess what?! You can most likely go for free—or have a lot of it subsidized by the Federal Government. </li></ul><ul><li>But you can learn about that later. </li></ul><ul><li>You’ve got another 6 years or so of focused academic work before it will be time to apply. </li></ul>
  12. 12. In the mean time … <ul><li>Make every minute count! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Now … <ul><li>When I say go, you will turn to someone in your group and work with him or her to create a college pennant. </li></ul><ul><li>Paper, markers, and college logos will be distributed. </li></ul><ul><li>You will work for 20 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Your pennant must contain a real college logo either sketched or traced. The design of the pennant, however, can be made up. </li></ul>