Thanksgiving is drawing near, and we’ll soon be gathering with our families. What will you be talking about with your nieces and granddaughters?
Studies show that relatives are powerful influences on young women’s college decisions. Look for opportunities for positive “transformational moments” – moments that can change the way young women think about themselves and their futures. Sometimes all it takes is one such experience. To help with your holiday conversations, here are some tips for taking an active role:
- Realize that many people should be involved in creating a support system for young women. As the saying goes: “It takes a village to raise a child.”
- Help friends and family members be more aware of the powerful influence they can have on the college decision of young women. Encourage them to visit www.utahwomenandeducation.org for more information about the many benefits of a college degree that extend far beyond the workplace.
- Take time to ask young women questions about their college plans. Share your positive college experiences, talk about the challenges and how you dealt with them, and openly discuss ideas for funding (e.g., saving money before college, financial aid, scholarships).
- Do not assume that parents are having discussions about college with their daughters. Step forward and make a difference; even short encouraging conversations will help.
- Talk to young women about their aspirations, and discuss with them the importance of graduating from college to achieve their goals.
We hope you have meaningful conversations that will brighten your holiday. Enjoy!