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What can you do to help achieve our 55 by ’25 goal?

Pledge to do one of more of the following:

Middle School: 6th Grade to 8th Grade

  • Explore your interests! Speak to family members or a school counselor, join a club, go to the library.
  • Talk to the school counselor about your goals for the future and map out a plan to get there.
  • Talk to your teacher about your grades and areas you can improve upon. If you are struggling, ask for help.
  • Spend an extra 30 minutes reading or studying every day.
  • Select a consistent place to study that is quiet and free from distractions.
  • Purchase a planner to help you stay organized throughout the year.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before going to school.
  • Develop good study habits and learn to take effective notes in class.
  • Get involved in school and community activities as studies have shown that students who are involved in extracurricular activities generally get higher grades than those who are not involved in activities. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills and explore your interests.

High School: 9th Grade to 12th Grade

  • Select a consistent place to study that is quiet and free from distractions.
  • Purchase a planner to help you stay organized throughout the year.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before going to school.
  • Explore various careers! Take a career interest survey.
  • Get involved in school and community activities as students who are involved in extra curricular activities learn new skills. It also shows colleges your passions, interests, and accomplishments outside the classroom.
  • Take rigorous classes in high school so you will graduate better prepared for college and a career.
  • Challenge yourself by taking rigorous classes to begin preparing for life after high school.
  • Talk to your school counselor and familiarize yourself with college entrance requirements and deadlines.
  • If possible, visit a college fair and various college campuses. If you can’t visit one locally, do it virtually.
  • Learn about scholarship opportunities for Hawaiʻi residents.
  • Learn about federal financial aid for college by attending a financial aid workshop at your school or one in your community.

College

  • Meet with your college advisor to map out a plan to graduate on time in the field you are interested in.
  • Get involved in on-campus activities – join a club, attend a campus-sponsored event, form a study group.
  • Challenge yourself academically, but give yourself time for fun as well. Don’t squander your leisure time hanging around doing nothing. Go out and do something active that will reduce stress and increase your energy.
  • Seek an internship in your field of study.
  • Take 15 credits a semester to ensure you earn your degree on time. Visit 15tofinish.com.
  • Network with other students and people in the field you are interested in pursuing.

There are many more things you can do to help achieve our 55 by ’25 goal.

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