Discovering the Why…
By Sable Scott, College Adviser at North Moore High School | September 8, 2016
I want you to join me on a little journey. Think back to you of five years old, the age old question that you were asked, and what your response was. I was a little girl, too sassy for my own good, and when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I could respond without hesitation that I wanted to be a veterinarian. Well as you can probably guess, that did not pan out. One day I just decided to change my answer, but it went to I don’t know or I am trying to figure it out. That answer worked for a few years, and then it was time for some serious planning. Senior year of high school can be one of the most stressful times, not because it is so hard, but because you have so many people telling you that high school will be the best time of your life. It makes you wonder why you would ever want to leave, but me, I knew I was ready for the college world. It would be an adventure to say the least, also realizing it could possibly be the best time of my life. College held some of the best and worse times thus far, from failing my first test, to even failing my first class, to meeting my random roommate who turned out to be one of my best friends, then getting a boyfriend and even a puppy. I joined my share of clubs; I spent many late nights in the library finishing that final paper, but as my college journey ended, I could only describe it as bitter sweet.
Now the ending happened, and it was time for the real world. This is where the College Advising Corps helped me the most. I applied, got the job, and prepared for summer training. I would be lying if I told you my original “why” was not for the money and having a job. This “why” that I speak of refers to the reason you wake up and go to work every morning. Don’t get me wrong, the original “why” I had, probably could have sufficed and got me through the job. But as summer training happened, I realized this didn’t need to just be a job. You have to completely believe in what you are doing for it to be a success. With that being said, my “why” slowly developed and evolved into the true reason I want to come to work every morning. I want the students at my high school to trust and rely on someone who wants the best for them, and is willing to do what it takes to get them to the next level of their life. I am not sure if you picked up on the “my” I included when discussing the high school I serve at, but I am in a unique position that I graduated from this amazing place just 4 short years ago. My “why” is genuine, there was not much help for the students college bound when I was here as a student, and I really am excited to join the team designed to promote a college-going culture now.
You always hear that high school will fly by, I heard it numerous times on back to school night, but the real shock comes from how fast the four years at college fly by. I am excited to work for an organization designed to promote the college going nature in a high school setting. I might have applied for the position to graduate from college with a job, but I stayed because I see a real need to promote access to college. I am not only part of the North Carolina State University College Advising Corps; I am part of the North Carolina College Advising Corps, part of the National Advising Corps, and a part of my high school team. One day at a time, we are all working together to gain more access to college for students who may not even know of the possibility.