Freshman Success 101 classes at Hoopeston Area High School are on our way to success! First quarter the students in Freshman Success have explored envisioning our futures by asking how we define success. Freshman are engaging in combining their visions + energy = success. Each student is investigating their career choices by making a personal profile. Their personal profiles help to identify their passions, work values, strength and personality, skills and aptitudes and roles, occupations and vocations. Freshman then use Maslow's triangle to keep their lifestyles balanced and in perspective to achieve happiness.
Second quarter we switched to focusing on personal finance, saving, budgeting and debt management. Freshman have been learning the Five Foundations: Save a $500.00 emergency fund, Get out of debt, Pay cash for your car, Pay cash for college, and Build wealth and give. They have learned to balance and reconcile a check book, write checks, the use of credit cards versus debt cards and the essential expenses need to run a household. Students will learn how careers will support their lifestyles and how to invest in their futures.
Third quarter Freshman will focus on the components of their ideal career, relationships at work, career research, and how decision-making can help to evaluate identifying the best choices for their futures. Goal-setting, personal responsibilities, avoiding detours and roadblocks as well as how attitudes affect futures will also be investigated as each student will complete a 10 year plan for their future.
Fourth quarter we switch back to life after high school, consumer awareness, investing and retirement, insurance and careers and taxes. Freshman will also be presenting on their volunteer experiences they have participated in this school year as their final exam. Freshman will have the opportunities to hear presentations from local businesses on different career fields in three assembly presentations. This experience will help the Freshman class see different career pathways for their future.