Planning Your Future
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Planning for your future begins with forming goals and striving to attain them daily. At LAHS, our guidance structure is provided by the building principal and the mentor teachers who provide encouragement along with the tools and information students need to prepare for college or a vocation as he/she works to become college/career ready.

We want you to take control of your future. We encourage you to take advantage of the services that are communicated daily during announcements and in mentor period.  Be sure to keep up to date on such career steps as financial aid workshops and career choice counseling as well as college and military presentations.


Did you know the efforts you put forth in school and in out of school activities build job skills? Imagine how sports help you work with teams and communicate. Think about how volunteering helps your social and helping skills. See that clubs and organizations build time management and organization skills.



Tips for Success


  1.  Know yourself. Inventory your abilities, interests, and ambitions.  When goal setting. Initiative, persistence, and personality determine your success.

  2.  Check your professionalism.  What does your online persona share with the world? Are you attending school on time and completing homework? Are you careful about your online privacy and your posts? Colleges and employers are looking at what you post online, so be extra careful about how you use social media. Don't let a few inappropriate photos and posts ruin your chances of achieving the future you want!

  3.  Plan for the world of work. Explore occupation fields in middle and high school.

  4.  Spread your wings.  Public speaking gigs, structured field trips, school-based business opportunities, international connections, job shadowing, and work internships can help you develop workplace skills and experience hands-on learning.

  5.  Plan for your vocation as early as possible. Look for opportunities to gain experience, and talk to people who work in the occupations that interest you.  Volunteer.  Your outreach efforts will help people, improve skills, and look good on your resume and college and scholarship applications. Volunteering will also help you find the work that you like to do and the work that you don't.

  6.   Select your college or vocational school. Investigate the schools that offer training in your field. 

  7.   Plan your high school program. Check college and university websites to ensure you get the classes you need.

  8.   Learn to study. Constantly work to learn and improve study habits.

  9.   Strive for knowledge/skill proficiency that generates good grades. If you have below a “B” average, talk to   your teacher about how to overcome your challenges.

  10.   Become a well-rounded individual. Develop hobbies, participate in your community, and network with   people.

  11.   Plan your finances. Know what to expect and prepare financially. Seek out financial aid and scholarships.

  12.   Learn about college acceptance. Know what admissions exams are required.

  13.   Prepare for scholarship and application early. Get scholarship application information by December 1 of the year before you expect to start college.