I like to cut to the chase: ENGLISH! But let's digress just a little... There are two requirements every employer wants a new grad to fulfill: 1.Internship: Did you have an internship in college that directly relates to the position we want to fill? and 2. Speak Correctly? Can you speak in a complete paragraph? How 'bout a sentence?
This last one reflects a new low in employer expectations. You see, they don't like what's coming out of American colleges these days, and they want a new grad to at least meet a minimum standard.
Message to high school students: If you master the English language, no one is going to care that you took 5 years of Spanish. Absolutely nobody. You will come across as a genius who knows how to use an adjective and an adverb. Imagine that!
While in college, volunteer for every writing assignment so a professor who actually cares can tell you what mistakes you're making. That will hone your writing skills. And volunteer for every class speaking presentation to see if you can speak English well enough. That will help with your speaking skills.
Here's another no-brainer: Stop ending your sentences with "and stuff." And never use the word "like" for the rest of your life. _____ Copyright 2016 Paul Lloyd Hemphill To discover what can be done for your child, start here.
My strategy has proven to give the student a far greater advantage in the admissions office because colleges place a premium on who you are, which is not easily recognized on a list of extracurricular activities, test scores, or application essays.
The greatest life-lesson your child will learn from working with me: Who you are will always triumph over what you know. Even in the admissions office.