Unpreparedness

Bryan Sanchez

This year at Phoenix Military Academy, the iMentor program has been established. The program is designed to guide juniors and seniors towards college enrollment.

Some students enjoy the iMentor program because it helps students think about college more often. However, some students do not like the iMentor program because it does not provide enough information about colleges and careers.

“I’m not sure what I want to do yet, but I am very social and interested in a career field that is fun and helpful towards others,” said junior Davionna Windham.

Windham, along with other students are very unsure of what they want to do with their life after high school. They may have some ideas of what they are good at, but in reality they are unaware of who they are and what they want.  

Students like Windham would benefit more from their college mentors, if they had a better idea of who they are and what they wanted to do in the future. There are programs that focus on students at a younger age, like Self-identification.

The program is taught by freshmen and sophomore teachers to help students understand and discover who they are and what they are interested in. This program would benefit  Phoenix and students like Windham because it contains activities that will help students discover who they are and what they are capable of.

For example, Self-identification has an activity that requires students to fill out a poll about their emotions, interest, and desires.  When the results come back, students are then  partnered with others that are alike. From then on, they will be monitored and taught by a mentor who will help them discover who they are as an individual.

“I do not think there are a lot of opportunities that allows self identification at this school. Everyone here wears the same uniform, sees the same people, and does the same things. The school is small so there are not a lot of opportunities to explore who you really are,” said junior Kayla Webster.

If the sophomores complete their second year of the self-identification system, they will be enrolled in the college mentor program.  That way it will be easy for students to communicate with their mentors and find a college that is suitable for them.

“I think self-identification program would be a cool idea because students can learn about themselves while learning about others and they can even meet new people that are just like them,” said senior Yvan Flores.