Overview

Whether this was your first year participating in our program as a high school junior or if you were participating in our program for a second or third year, the year-end wrap-up activities are designed to guide your self-reflection and self-assessment of your success in achieving the goals that you set out to achieve during this, the final year of high school before you begin submitting your college applications. We believe that you must not only forward to your dreams and aspirations; but periodically pause to look inward at your work ethic and personal commitment to achieving the goals that you have set for yourself; and pause periodically to look backward to reflect on what you achieved, did not achieve, or left undone.

As you have moved through high school you should have been devoting less attention to what others have done and more attention to what you have done. While in the fall, you undoubtedly will be evaluated against the achievements of other students when you apply to college and for scholarships, at this time, your focus must be on maximizing the opportunities available to you and reaching your potential as a student and as a person. Next year, thousands of high school seniors will experience regret. They will regret not having earned higher grades and test scores, not having committed more time to developing their gifts and talents, or not having taken advantage of the many opportunities they had to become a more competitive college or scholarship applicant. We encourage you to reflect now so that you do not regret later.

That which caused us trial shall yield us triumph; and that which made our heart ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve; which could not happen unless we had commence with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light

— Albert Pike

(1800-1891)

Coach Boone in the movie, “Remember the Titans,” says to his team, “We will be perfect!” While you may not be perfect, you can be exceptional. During this school year, did you receive exceptional grades? Did you earn exceptional test scores? Were you an exceptional athlete, musician, dancer, actor, or artist? Were you an exceptional leader or community volunteer? Engaging in such reflections will provide insight into your body of work for the current school year and guide the goals you set for the summer and the next school year.

Objectives

  • Review/update your Profile
  • Review/update your Résumé
  • Complete a series of year-end narratives

Estimated time to complete: Undetermined.

Guiding Questions

  • Are you pleased with your profile?
  • Are you pleased with your résumé?
  • Did you accomplish 100 percent of your goals?