According to Merriam-Webster, inspire means to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration. While the average person may not think they have the power of gods to move and influence the youth of America with divine inspiration they have the ability to inspire. It only takes one adult to show a high school student that he or she can go to college. Inspiring a high schooler to go to college, is more than telling them majors, clubs, and classes they can take. It is more than telling them they never have to wake up at eight for school.
Inspiring a high schooler to go to college takes hard work and dedication. For many youth who need the inspiration they see no chance. They do not have the same hopes and dreams that most high schoolers do. Many children from poorer high schools and even rural areas do not see much chance in making it. For many inner city high schoolers, just waking up the next day is enough of a struggle. As an adult, a positive influence might be all it takes. There are many college graduates in the world whom came from many of the same circumstances that these inner city youth struggle with. One way to inspire a high schooler to go to college is by taking the time to show them it can be done. All one adult who has been there, has to do is show up as a mentor and say “I have been in your shoes.”
To delve into a personal level, this is how I would inspire a high schooler to go to college. I would first find a high school mentoring program. Simply go to Google after you read this article and type in “Mentoring programs in” and enter your city after in. When you find one, sign up. Then I would wait for my approval. I would then meet my child who I am mentoring. I want to get to know them. Often times you are matched with a student who shares similar interests as you. Even though this might happen, I still would recommend getting to know them. Find out where they have come from and where they want to go. Do not be afraid to tell them where you have come from. For me, I came from the inner city. I have seen drug deals and heard gun shots. Similarly to the student I would be paired up with, I heard there was no hope for me; I would just be another statistic. I would tell the high school that there is hope. I would try and see if they were interested in college, what they want to do with their education. I would tell them educationally where I have come from. I would show them that it does not matter where you have come from; it matters where you are going. Inspiring a high schooler to go to college, takes a part of you to be involved. Make sure they know where you have come from and how far you have come. Even if you are a college student, you are still further than most people are telling them they can go.
Another thing to do to inspire a high schooler to go to college is to show them their options. For many high school students in the inner city, they are not told their options. I remember being in high school and the only students who were invited to a lot of the college visits were the ones who lived in more well off areas. Many of them were only at my high school because of special programs. The guidance counselors picked them to attend college meetings because they assumed they were the ones with goals. Erasing that mentally from a high schoolers mind, will inspire them to achieve more. Show the student they are worth something. Even if by showing them it means setting up a special appointment at the college with them, you might inspire them to do more. Simple showing a child they can achieve and they are with something will inspire them to want to go to college.