Monday, October 7, 2013

3 Ways To Love High School Seniors Well

If you have relationships with high school seniors, here are three huge ways to love them well.

Letters Of Recommendation
There are few better ways to love a high school senior than by writing them a letter of recommendation for college. I still remember the words my teachers, pastors, and guidance counselors wrote about me during my senior year. Even if they don't ask you to write one, it's a beautiful way to speak truth and blessing into their life.  I love mailing a copy to their parents as well, thanking them for the high privilege of knowing their child. It can be an overwhelming task and often take more than an hour of your free time, but it's worth it. If you need some help getting started, here's a sample letter of rec.

College Essay Editing
Yesterday we invited seniors over to our basement to work on college essays. In addition to our YL team, we invited my cousin (who went to Dook* on a full ride) to help edit. It was a great success and we could tell the seniors felt cared for and loved.  You don't have to do this in a group setting, it could be done one-on-one at a Starbucks, but it was fun all working together. If you don't feel confident editing essays, invite one of your nerdy friends to come along!

College Visits
Your high school friends are trying to make one of the biggest decisions they've ever made, "Where should I go to college?" What if you went with them to visit some potential campuses? Call the YL staff/leaders in that college town ahead of time and schedule a coffee date so you can introduce your high school friend to a potential college friend. 

What other creative ways can you share about caring for high school seniors?

*Carolina grads always spell Dook correctly.

1 comment:

  1. This is similar to going on college visits with our high school friends, but if you attend college that is close to the area you lead in and actually inviting your kids to come to campus or even class with you is a great contact work idea and helpful to them in choosing which school to attend. Myself and some of the other girl leaders in my area who attend different universities have done this with great results!