In college, you’re expected to know what you want to do and why. And, as you’re applying to college, you’re expected to have answers about what you want to do in life. But so many students have no idea what their passions are by the 11th grade. This introduces a lot of doubt about the college-journey all-together. Many students struggle with these types of challenges: “Is college worth it? - I don’t even know what my career goals are.” “This application asks me to describe what I want to do once in college - but I don’t know what I want to study.” “I’m supposed to describe my interests - but I’m not sure what I really care about.” These are just a few of the big-leaps that students are often suddenly faced with starting in the 11th grade.
How might we:
Help students to cultivate their passions areas and build a better sense of self?
Contextualize core academic studies in the real-world more often so students see those links?
Provide more opportunities for students to experience and grow their passions outside of the traditional classroom context?