Encouraging a teen to acquire a college education can either receive a negative or a positive response. It requires both hard and easy approaches. It is difficult, if parents and relatives are professionally handicapped to become good living examples. The process of motivation takes an uphill climb because of the familial culture that is contented only with grade school or secondary diploma. The encouragement is more hampered by friends and neighbors who exude bad influence caused by their misguided perception on attaining a higher education.
On the other side, the interest to attend college is promoted by supportive parents, relatives and friends who possess college degrees. It is intensified with direct or indirect insinuation on the greatest possibilities of having a profession. It builds an aura of trust and confidence which are necessary to fulfill a dream of uplifting one’s life especially during these days of economic crisis.
However, whether the motivation is easy or hard, we still give a space for a sudden change of heart. The result of encouragement may not be achieved as expected because of some uncontrollable circumstances. Thus, the urging on a teen must undergo constant follow-up, guidance and stimulation.
It is a plain fact that pursuing a degree has many advantages. Entering college opens the door for a brighter future as can be gleaned from among our successful men and women in the community. The completed course which is garnered through struggles and determination elevates a lot of individuals to become rich and famous in the fields of politics, education, technology, etc. But these facts and information remain useless if a teen does not completely welcome them using the heart and the mind.
Therefore, subtle brainwashing, coaxing and conscience-stirring steps are needed. They can be possible strategies to continually attract interest and attention. They are strongly established by the unified efforts of the parents, school authorities and the community.
The parents take time to discuss and appreciate the lives of successful people during family gatherings. They can point out in detail the reasons for their success. Aside from discussions, the parents can choose the teen’s friends who have the obvious inclinations to attend college. They allow an open line of communication which includes course selection. They can also declare on future management of family’s wealth, business, properties, etc. They can clarify that higher knowledge and skills are badly needed.
The school must provide a comprehensive Career Guidance Program that involves famous people in the community. It sets a special occasion to invite professionals as speakers who promote a particular course. It allows a teen to inquire on detailed advantages of a course. It also puts value on enjoying an academic or sports scholarship schemes. And that college life in general, is beautiful.
The community through the church, state and media can remind a teen on future leadership and citizenship. They can explain that the welfare of a country is a major responsibility. They can stress on the values of civic consciousness and patriotism.
If the cooperation between the home, school and community is successful, we can expect that this nation will be rid of very dependent and lazy citizenry.