Hello Sweethearts,

What a week!? I went away on a College Bus Tour with my sorority sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Queens Alumnae Teen Lift program so this is why I haven’t written in a while. The teens had spring break and my sorors and I took vacation time to make this trip a success! It was such a joy this year for me to be able to participate in this experience! I learned so much from my chapter President Roslin Spigner, my Sorors: Tanisha Teal, Nissy Rogers & Erika D, my bruh Wayne, the teens, the people I met and the college tour guides! This tour really made me understand the importance of doing your research, planning ahead, saving money, getting your children involved, surround your children around positive influences, enrolling them in uplifting & helpful programs. Also parents, teachers, school staff and family members all have to help all children prepare for their future!

The majority of U.S. parents demand their children to attend college, and some students have the same goal. However, the irony of the matter is both parent(s) and children are not taking the practical steps to get there. A national survey released by Harris Interactive found that while 92% of 5th – 8th graders said they were likely to attend college, 68% said they had little or no information about which classes to take to prepare for it. And don’t know what to do to plan for their college career.

This week has really taught me the college process can be very overwhelming and frustrating for a lot of teens and their parents. The teens expressed adults stress them out and demand them to attend college which is great. However, they feel no one really take the time out to teach them what they have to do. Adults need to stop dictating and demanding and move into becoming a mentor and teacher helping your children become successful citizens. If it’s not possible this is why it is very important to seek out all assistance possible. I truly believe “It takes a village to raise a child!” To solicit the assistance of others isn’t a bad thing at all. A matter of fact it’s the smartest thing to do for you and your child!

Many parents lack the understanding and information needed to assist their children in preparing for their college career. A lot of parents depend on the education system to do all the work but it takes the parents, the teachers, and school counselors to work as a unit to make it a success. Therefore, I suggest students and parents to begin planning for college as early as the 5th grade. It is never too early to begin the college process to map out your child’s future! There are so many free programs to assist families today so find them and make it your business to get all the aid possible out there!!

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Sashaying Off,

Precious Pat V

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