Alumni Monthly Newsletter

May 2017

“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees The Opportunity In Every Difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

This month you, and some of you last week, have reached the end of your school year! Woo! Whether this is the end of your first or second year, you have faced some sort of a challenge this year. We have two options when things happen to us. You can either use it as an excuse and let it be the “thing that ruined your life” OR you can push through the challenge and use it as a learning experience and continue to push towards your original goals. This time after high school is not easy, but what is easy is to stop pushing. But you have to continue to see what you are pushing towards, despite set backs, because there is something greater you are working to achieve! Use the opportunities listed below as a chance to find something to help you keep going!

 This newsletter is more logistical than most, so please read thoroughly through everything!

-I am officially done traveling to schools for the semester; if you need me to come visit or you want to grab lunch, let me know. I will also be around the school more so come by (but let me know first so I can make arrangements). Although I haven’t planned to travel anywhere I still can, so if you want to see a familiar face, hit me up!

-I know many of you have received your financial aid award letters and are concerned about gaps for next year. There is an APS scholarship application that is available if you need some financial support. This will be decided on financial need and if you are persisting on a campus. E-mail me if you’d like a copy of the application (I will need to see FAALs and unofficial transcripts). It will be due by May 15th.

-I have a scholarship for anyone that is interested in pursuing journalism, communications, or human services major. Please e-mail me if this applies to you.

-Summer community college classes are a great (affordable) time to catch up or get ahead with your classes on your campus.  If you need support enrolling in community college classes over the summer, please let me know!

-Over the month of May, I am interested in doing themed “lunches” (I’m still working out which time of the day will be best for 12th grade teachers). For example, we’ll have all the seniors going to MSU together with an alumni who is attending MSU and can answer some specific questions about the campus or offer their insight. I will be reaching out when I have an idea of a schedule, but if you definitely want to come back and speak, let me know and we can coordinate a date that works best for you. You will get food and potentially some other reward for coming J 

-Our soon to be feeder school MacDowell Prep Academy is offering a *couple* hired positions to alumni who are interested in working with K-8 students in the future (this doesn’t just mean teachers either- psychologists, sociologists, or other human behavior majors are welcome). This would part time and PAID work be during the month of July. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll send you a flier and how to apply.

2016 graduates only: We are doing round 2 of the $100 Berman book scholarship. This time we will only need for you to send in your second semester transcript, fall schedule (if applicable), and fill out a survey. The survey is still being finalized and will be sent out before next week. If you have your grades or schedule already, you may send them over. The disbursements will come in four parts: July 1, July 16, Aug 1, Aug 16. If you turn it in early, you get your money early. DON’T TURN DOWN FREE MONEY! This time we will only be collecting until the end of JUNE, so get it in early!

Lastly, if you’re concerned about your future, your life at this moment, or have any extra questions, concerns, or want to create a plan for the future, please reach out.

You are always part of the JRLA family,

Ms. Grow

Alumni Spotlight- May 2017:

This month we are highlighting a 2016 alumni who keeps her goals of reaching her ideal career as a nurse at the forefront of every step of the way, Keisha Mack. Keisha just recently finished her first year at Oakland University. Over last summer she participated in the CORE bridge program and this program helped set her up for success her first semester. Using her own determination, Keisha worked hard and achieved over a 3.5 her first semester! She also began taking CNA classes towards the end of her first semester and earned her license shortly in the second semester. She has been working as a CNA since while continuing her education. You are awesome, Keisha!