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TXGU Activity: Looking Ahead for Inspiration

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Created By:
 Texas GEAR UP

Grade Level: 11th

Introduction for Educators: Students crave direction and advice from people who’ve gone before them and lived through all the experiences they’re about to face in life. By helping them find role models and mentors in their preferred field of study, you can set them up to receive wisdom and education beyond high school. 

Introduction for Students: Have you ever had a younger family member or friend who looked up to you? Maybe it was because you'd already made the transition to high school, competed in athletics, or received a driver's license? Who are the people who’ve already done the things you want to do after high school? Wouldn't you love to hear their thoughts on what that process looked like? 

The Activity: Have students recall conversations with their parents about someone they know or can contact who's already made the transition to college or the working world and who also shares a similar career aspiration as them. Direct your students to ask that person the following questions:

  • What did you do at my age that helped you get where you are today?
  • What did you do after high school to help you get where you are today?
  • What would you have done differently?

Bonus Features: Have students record these interviews and make them available to other kids online. How much overlap is there between different lessons people have learned in different fields? How much do students learn from hearing other interviews?