This afternoon it was my great pleasure to deliver a presentation for all Grade 11 students (and any interested Grade 10s), alongside Craig Brown, Director of University Guidance, on university horizons and current trends at universities.
The world of university guidance is ever-changing – now more than ever as students and universities around the world react to the pandemic landscape – and I am immensely proud of the expertise of Shawnigan’s Guidance Office, which remains firmly on top of these changing trends.
Our advice to our Grade 11 and 10 students as they begin to think about life outside of Shawnigan’s gates is to keep an open-minded approach as they set their goals – with diverse opportunities available including Canadian universities, Ivy League schools, liberal arts colleges, global opportunities, and athletic programs – and to prioritize finding the best option (course and location) for their personal situation.
One of the three strategic pillars of Project Future, Shawnigan’s strategic plan, is to “Inspire Academic Excellence” – with objectives including:
Encourage students to seek innovative, personally challenging and engaging post-secondary opportunities, both nationally and internationally;
Develop a provincial and global reputation for distinctive academic education at Shawnigan, where universities, colleges and employers actively seek Shawnigan students to enrich their programs.
I am confident that our Guidance Office and Education Staff are doing just that.
This is an incredibly important time for this year’s Grade 11 students as they prepare for their final year of high school and that next step in their onward journey. There is important work ahead this summer as they delve into research, school lists, personal statements, college essays, and scholarships, so that they come well prepared in September.
We encourage our parents to watch this presentation so that they are up to speed with the current trends and can support their children through this process.
We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.
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