Alumni Monthly Newsletter

November 2017

 “We only sink if we stop swimming.”
Gail Lynne Goodwin

You are intelligent. You are brave. You are doing something with your life. You are strong. You are resilient. You matter. No matter what crazy thoughts are going through your head post-midterms keep these things in mind and let them carry you throughout the rest of the semester. Times may be rough. You may be realizing you don’t know that much about the human body, anthropology, or psychology as you thought. But now is the time to dig deep, learn and retain the information, and push even harder towards the end of the semester. YOU CAN DO IT! If you’re concerned about your future, your life at this moment, or have any questions, concerns, or want to create a plan for the future, please reach out.

FAFSA Completion- As many of you know, the FAFSA opened again on October 1st. Many of you have already filled it, and sent me the confirmation. However, I would like to ensure that 100% of us intending to enroll in school next year fill it out for 2018-2019. Once you have completed the FAFSA for next year, please send me your confirmation e-mail that is titled “FAFSA Confirmation Page E-mail.” In December, if you have sent me the e-mail it can count towards some PRIZES for you! 

Alumni Parent Night- On Monday November 13th, I will be hosting a parent night for all alumni parents from 5:15pm to 6:30pm. The event will review the following: Alumni Success Coordinator's Role, how parent's can help their student after H.S. graduation, and completing the FAFSA for 2017-2018 School Year. If you will be available, I highly encourage that you come with your parent, because we will have some time to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA. It is important you have your FAFSA filled out by the end of December, or else you might not be prioritized for financial aid.

 You are always part of the JRLA family,
Ms. Grow

Alumni Spotlight- November 2017:

The alumni spotlight this month highlights one of our driven 2015 alumni, Dana Vance! Dana is in his third year at Madonna University and has been very successful on campus. His cumulative GPA is over a 3.0. Dana is working towards a degree in Broadcasting and Cinema Arts. Dana is also involved in Bridging Lost Gaps, which is a scholarship and mentorship organization. Due to an opportunity Mr. Rose secured, Dana and another JRLA alumni, Shamon Newsome, were able to spend this summer in Los Angeles interning at Funny or Die. Dana says, “I really enjoyed myself out there. I think being away from my comfort zone for three months really helped me grow as a person, and also helped me learn more about myself.” We are proud of you, Dana. Keep it up!

Resource Plug- November 2017:

FAFSA Renewal Tips- This is a brief guide on how to renew the FAFSA. I know for many of you it’s been a whole year since you even looked at it! So here’s a quick guide in completing this essential application.