We all have dreams. Some have dreams that they dare put into action, others dream quietly and never do anything about it. We need to learn how to dream BIG, and wholeheartedly! Often, we create our own roadblocks because we believed somebody else’s opinion rather than our own, or because we were so tied up in our own problems and challenges we didn’t realize that we can achieve far more than we ever thought possible. True leaders rise above their own problems to become role models for others.
Going to college is a dream that so many of us dare to dream. In the famous Pothole study, researchers at the University of Chicago found that Latinos systematically lower their expectations! Many Latino students went to a community college instead of a four-year university because they didn’t know how to dream big and take risks. Don’t be one of them, dream big and make a plan to make it happen!
Here are some tips to get you going:
Visualize yourself going to college. Ok, take a deep breath and know in your heart that this is for you! World-class athletes and anyone that has to perform under pressure use this technique. Take a few minutes every day to see yourself in college, sitting at a desk, carrying your books, and making new friends! And you’ll meet some cute guys, too!
Write down your goals and plans. Date and review your goals at least twice a month to see how you are doing.
Get a club started. Working with a group of chicas who share your goal of going to college will give you strength and partners. You know how sometimes we won’t even go to the bathroom without our BFFs; well, this is a chance to form a solid bond and help each other to achieve your goals. Choose your college chicas club carefully. Pick chicas that have good grades, are serious about the future and hold each other accountable.
Find a mentor that will help you DREAM big. Find a tia, a prima or a teacher, that can help you and inspire you.
So next week I will talk about EL PLAN. This is the strategic plan that will get you to where you want to go. Set the PLAN in motion for you: Yes! You can go to college, and get a better life for yourself!
Con mucho cariño,
La College GURU