Melissa High School junior and senior students enrolled in dual credit courses are kickstarting the new year by creating personal “life plans”.
Dual credit courses coincide with college scheduling, so class time for the first few weeks in January is typically used as a study hall. However, dual credit instructor Jennifer Cowgill had other plans in mind when students returned to school after winter break.
Students spent the first week back taking surveys focused on their personality, interests, and priorities. Now, they’re using the survey results to create life goals as they gain a better understanding of themselves and help shape their future.
Next week, students will use their current findings to develop goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART), and label them as either long-term or short-term.
To complete the project, Cowgill will incorporate financial planning for education, such as scholarships and financial aid, as students work to create an action plan.
“Students are loving learning what kind of person they are and who they want to become,” Cowgill said. “We’ve shared stories and experiences. It’s really been a fun week of growth.”
Media Contact: Maddie Coe, Community Relations