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Hey guys! Just an update….

During the fall, schedule will go as follows:

Monday – College Readiness Mondays

Tuesdays & Thursday – Financial Aid Literacy

Fridays – Real Talk 101

**Subject to Change at anytime!**

Blog Posts resume September 7th!


Teen Talk Fridays: Gossiping

Gossiping: idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others

How many of you have heard of gossiping? Gossiping is a social weapon that many people would use to put-down a person. When a person gossips, it causes a conflict because of something that was false. It is not right to start rumors either. This is the main cause of drama both in and out of school and it can wreck havoc on everyone’s lives.


Here are some real examples from the bible regarding how powerful gossiping can be:


Gossip hurts others

In James 3:1-12, it says the tongue is “a world of evil”, that “corrupts the whole person”. How true these words are! Have you ever been the subject of gossip that has ruined your life? Anyone who has seen the movie Gossip must realize the truth in these words.


Your Tongue is Powerful

In James 3:5, James writes that the tongue is a small part of the body but “it makes great boasts”. We do not realise that this small part of our body can make a heap of difference, especially when it involves talking about someone behind their back.


Ways to talk to people who gossip:

  1. See for yourself if the person is a gossip – if you are just taking someone else’s word that they are, then you’ll never know the truth and will have been wrongly accusing them of gossiping. 


2. Be aware of what you say when you are speaking to them. 


3. Change the subject if you are uncomfortable with what you are discussing.


4. Make sure the friend knows that what you are telling them is private and for no one else to know, if you are intent on sharing personal information with them.


5. Confront and express your feelings to your friend if you have proof they have been gossiping about you.


6. Consider terminating the friendship if the gossiping ensues. 

College Mondays: Living On and Off Campus

Did You Know?: 50% of admitted students are required to live on campus for their first year in college?

For First-Year Students attending traditional, four-year schools, college represents the first real opportunity to live away from home. And as you spread your wings and slowly ease into adulthood, you’ll definitely need a place to stay. While most universities provide dormitories for their students, many schools also allow first-year students to live off-campus and it can be difficult determining which option is best for you.


Before we go any further, we do want to stress that this is a topic to consider more as an upperclassman than incoming freshman. In fact, a lot of schools mandate that freshmen reside on-campus for their first year. And even if your particular college has no set housing requirements, we strongly urge you to live in a dorm or campus house if possible.

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Above is an estimated cost of living on campus vs. off campus. As you can see, living on campus might cost a little more than living off campus. But do keep in mind with living off campus means you will have more bills to pay (i.e., Utilities).


Things to consider when choosing:

  • Financial Stability
  • Which one will cost less
  • Space Capacity
  • Commuting to and from classes
  • Other misc. expenses involved


Living On-Campus vs. Off-Campus (video)


Real Talk Friday: The Importance of Community Service

Community Service is a fundamental part of a high school career! Plus, it is a requirement by the State of Michigan and the Board of Education that you have at least 200 clock hours of community service. Community Service will look good not only on your resume, but on your college portfolio. It shows colleges that you are willing to give back to the community.
Anyone can do community service if they put their mind to it. Simple things, like helping your elder around their house and participating in a cancer walk are all forms of community service. 
Examples of community service would be: 

  • Volunteering 
  • Organizing Food and Penny Drives
  • Organizing Charity Events
  • Assisting the Elderly 
  • Participating in Soup Kitchen 
  • Youth Outreach in Church
  • Summer Jobs 

It is best to do summer jobs because you would have accumulated more than 200 clock hours by the time you have reached senior year. Be a good Samaritan and volunteer!! 

College Mondays: Majors & Minors

Major – a subject or field of study chosen by a student to represent his or her principal interest and upon which a large share of his or her efforts are concentrated.

Minor – study or qualification in as a subsidiary subject at college or university.

“What’s your Major and/or Minor?”

This is the common question that not only college representatives will ask you, but your parents, teachers and counselor will ask you this as well. When you begin high school, you should start thinking about your career interest. Many schools will help you get exposed to some of the careers to get an insight on what each career does. If you are undecided on major, that’s completely fine. Most high-schoolers don’t declare a major right away! Make sure that your major is what YOU want to do!!

Tips for Choosing the Right Major (Student’s Perspective)

Collegeboard (College Majors)

Click on the link to learn more!

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List of possible Majors

  • Business Management                                      Music
    • Finance
    • Business Administration
  • Engineering                                                         Human Services
    • Electrical
    • Mechanical
  • Arts                                                                        Theology
  • Humanities
  • Foreign Languages
  • Education
    • Elementary/Middle
    • Secondary
  • Social Work
  • Health
    • Pediatrics
    • Dietetics

Teen Talk Fridays: Topic 1: Senioritis

Senioritis – an imposed affliction upon high school students caused by low performance near the end of the school year.

Rescind – when an admissions decision is taken back due to a conflicting event.

Senioritis Article

Read the article on senioritis. Many people who were achieving so high developed senioritis and caused many colleges to rescind their acceptance. In most cases, low grades in core class and student infractions of the code of conduct are grounds for rescinding.



  • Keep grades as high as possible in 11th and 12th grade years. Colleges look primarily on 11th grade marks to see if the students are really ready for college.


  • Don’t slack off all semester and then turn in all the work at the end. Not only will this put tremendous stress on you, it puts a tremendous amount of stress on teachers to try to put in grades when they are due.


  • Continue good study habits!


Teen Talk Friday: Topic 2: SAT/ACT

**!!For Upcoming 11th Graders!!**

If you are an upcoming 11th grader, this message is for you! All 11th graders are required to take the SAT test!! The SAT is a college admission exam that colleges look at when making a decision on college acceptance. SAT-SAT-Score-Range-1-600x250.jpg

The above photo is the score scale for the new, redesigned SAT Test! It is now out a possible 1600 vs. the original 2400.



Here is a comparison chart of the old SAT vs. the Redesigned SAT


It is mandated by the Board of Education that all 11th graders take this test. It will give you an insight on where your weaknesses and strengths are. The next topic will explain various ways to prep for the SAT Test!

College Mondays: Scholarships

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Scholarship – a payment made to support a student’s education, does not need to be repaid

Grant – a sum of money given by an organization, especially a government, for a particular purpose, does not need to be repaid.

Merit-based – grants and scholarships given based on certain achievements

Need-based – grants and scholarships given based on financial need level.

Financial aid is money given to you to help you pay for college. Grants and scholarships are kinds of financial aid that you don’t have to repay. That’s why they’re called gift aid.

All students get gift aid. Most grants are awarded based on financial need. But a good portion of gift aid is awarded for academic achievement.

If you’re thinking about going to college, you should definitely apply for grants and scholarships. Remember, though, that gift aid rarely covers the entire cost of college. It’s just part of the picture — a picture that may include loans, family savings and other sources of money.

Talk to your counselor to find out more about scholarships!




Teen Talk Fridays: Topic 1: Being a moral Citizen

Moral Citizen – a person who live by rules of ethics.

Good citizenship – when a person successfully fulfills his/her roles as a citizen

How to be a Moral Citizen


  1. Live by a standard – living by set of rules and goals for yourself is the first step in becoming a moral citizen.

2. Always be Truthful! – being truthful will help you out in the long run. It will also lead to a construction of trust.

3. Help Out! Volunteer! – God says give back. This can be volunteering at a soup kitchen to helping out the kids at your local school. There are many opportunities to volunteer everyday.

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This is crucial!! For example, if someone copies off your test or homework assignment, you might be tempted to tell on him. On the other hand, you don’t want to because it might compromise the friendship because of the code you established. This is tricky, so be careful with this one.

5. Live a healthy life – Exercise at least twice a week, Study when you’re supposed to. and do whatever else is necessary to maintain a healthy life.


Good moral values can help bring joy and happiness in your life. It will lead to life that is peaceful and stress free.