Congratulations BridgeUP Class of 2018! We are so proud of everything you have accomplished during your years with BridgeUP, and we cannot wait to hear about all of the ways you flourish after high school. It has been an honor to be a part of your growth, and we wish you all the best! But before you go, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you’re starting college, vocational school, or entering the workforce:
- This is the time of a major transition. There is always going to be a bit of nervousness and doubt when you’re taking a big step in life. Don’t let it get the best of you – find confidence in how hard you have worked to reach this point.
- Your background will make you sensitive to things that other people miss. Speak up, share your perspectives, bring your whole self to the table no matter what you’re doing after high school. Your perspective is valuable.
- If you’re heading off to college, take advantage of all the resources that are offered by your school. Colleges and Universities usually have health center, tutoring center, writing center, a career center, and a student union. These resources also help with providing you information on career fairs, internship fairs, health fairs and many more opportunities that will benefit you in the long run.
- Success is rarely attributed to dumb luck; build a plan to make your first job or your college experience live up to your expectations. Talk to your boss about the opportunity to advance in your workplace, talk to you school’s advisors and career centers to make sure you’re on track for your major and intended career path. Organization will be your best friend!
- Always remember to ask for help when you need it. You have a community around you who wants to see you succeed. Even though you are no longer a part of BridgeUP every day, your fellows, tutors, and BeWell Health Coaches are still here to support you however they can.
And most importantly, remember that we believe in you!
For more tips like this, ask your BridgeUP Fellow or BeWell Health Coach for a copy of “The BeWell and BridgeUP Scholar’s Pocket Guide to Keeping Health a Priority in College.”