"Building Your Future" Beyond BSM
Here we are, deep into winter, and semester one at BSM has wrapped up. Students are getting settled in to the second half of their yearlong classes and adjusting to their new semester two classes. Many are reflecting on how things went during the first part of the year, deciding whether any changes need to be made.
This year, the start of the new semester brought flurries (a bit of a blizzard, actually!) to the city and to our offices too. As Guidance and College Counselors, we find ourselves having conversations about a myriad of topics around this time of year: course selection, study habits, navigating the style of new teachers and the syllabus of new courses, sending grades to colleges, and calming the emotions surrounding college options, to name a few. Whether college is on the near (seniors) or distant (freshmen) horizon, we understand that it’s on the mind for many students and parents. Our goal is to meet students where they’re at, while encouraging them to follow their passions, be proactive and communicate, and work hard along the way.
We shared a message during our Sophomore Parent Meeting this week that we strongly believe - success in life is not dependent upon attending an elite college but rather the result of effort and the innate abilities of each individual. It’s easy to lose sight of this as we focus on launching our children into their futures. We have given them opportunities and nudges along the way to be the best they can be. We know what lies ahead for them, and it’s going to be hard at times, so maybe our goal is to make it a bit easier for them. More than ever before though, they need us to listen to them and instill confidence by taking a step back to help them see their future from a big picture perspective. There is a right fit for them out there, and it may or may not be at the top of the latest ranking or list.
Here at BSM, all juniors take part in a “Building Your Future Day.” This all-day college and career planning workshop is led by college admissions counselors, a representative from a test-prep agency, and the BSM Guidance and College Counseling Team. From our big picture perspective, college is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.
At the end of the day, we want all our Red Knights to graduate from BSM with a sense of purpose and on a path that is best suited for them, whatever that may be. Plans are different for each student, and the Guidance and College Counselors are here to partner with all our students and families to set and reach those goals.