NEXT helps high school students plan for future

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Published: November 17,2008

One of the biggest steps an individual will make in their lives will be the decisions that involve where to go, or what to do with their lives, after high school. While completing the separate levels of high school, the most obvious post-high school idea is college. But once students have begun to round off the end of their high school careers, they begin to realize that there are many more options. All of these routes can become a little overwhelming to retain, and sort.

To assist them in their decisions,.the Mississippi Business Journal has created an annual publication that aids students in the planning of their future.

NEXT: A Guide to Life after High School is a youth targeted publication that offers in-depth information pertaining to higher education, workplace, life issues and opportunities that every high school student in Mississippi will confront after graduation.

Emily Mokry of Jackson said, “During high school, I had a hard time deciding on where to go after graduation. I was interested in attending an art school, but due to such little information I could find, I feel as though my options were cut short. I decided to attend Delta State University, and I don’t believe I made a bad decision, but I do feel as though I wasn’t presented with enough information to explore my other options.”

Many students in Mississippi are faced with situations similar to Emily’s. The decisions of what to do after college can be addressed by using NEXT as a guide to help answer any questions for students. NEXT creates a published database of information that includes: addressing sophomore through senior class about how to prepare for graduation; total coverage of issues pertaining to college; and, a thorough view at alternatives to college for students.

Experts recommend students start as early as possible in planning what to do after high school. The earlier students know what they want to do, the quicker they can start planning what routes they would like to take in order to pursue this decision. NEXT helps students from sophomores to seniors in developing their ideas and plans on where to go with their post-high school career.

For sophomores, the publication helps individuals recognize to begin getting involved with higher-leveled or accelerated courses to help them begin to adapt to the upper classmen mentality. Also, NEXT urges students to begin taking the ACT in the spring of their sophomore year, as well as being involved with many extracurricular activities to prepare them for finding scholarships.

For juniors, NEXT continues to press the readers to continue taking the ACT as they have six opportunities to do so. Also, the publication cheers junior classmen on in continuing their hard work in studies as well as advice on things to do for summer employment.

Finally, for senior classmen, NEXT helps students understand ways to get help decide on schools, finishing up with the ACT as well as applying for funding for future education possibilities.
As far as life after graduation, NEXT offers a plethora of information about options of routes to take after students receive their diploma. If students are interested in following the college route, the magazine offers thorough information about colleges, contact information for these colleges and listings of educational routes offered at these institutions. Along with this stack of information, students can read about issues dealing with college.

These issues include: campus technology; managing money; good study habits for college; and, options in funding for college.

Sierra Haughton, 2007 senior at Aberdeen High School says, “It is good for juniors and seniors, like me. It provides information about different colleges that I need to know about.”

Also covered in the publication is information for students who are considering picking up an immediate career in the workplace or joining the military.

With the education world expanding at such a rate, the NEXT: A Guide to Life after High School presents upcoming high school graduates with a large amount of information to help them prepare themselves for their next big steps in life.

Contact MBJ staff writer Leslie Galloway at leslie.galloway @ msbusiness.com .

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