September Blog – The Next Step – Zack Schaja
Hey Florida DECA! I can’t believe its already September. Summer is over, school is in full swing, and our amazing year of DECA is just getting started! I hope each and every one of you is having a solid time adjusting back into “school mode” and I hope that you all have set some goals for yourselves. These goals may involve grades, sports, DECA competition, a job, or just about anything else. Maybe last year you were trying to manage both grades and a part-time job and it didn’t work out so well for you, so your goal for this year may be to balance your time better so that you don’t have a similar outcome as last year. Whatever these goals may be, I feel that they are very important to make at the beginning of the year, so you are not trying to dig yourself out of a ditch in the middle of the year.
Seniors, most of you are trying to prepare yourself for life after high school. Maybe that life will include college or maybe you will join the workforce right after high school. Either way, make sure that you have achievable goals in advance in order to ensure that you are traveling along the right path when life seems stressful thought-out the year.
If you are planning on attending college, make sure that you check out the websites of schools that interest you. Each school has individual requirements and deadlines for applications, SAT scores, transcripts, and more.
Just because you graduate High School, it doesn’t mean you have to graduate from DECA. Collegiate DECA is available at over 20 colleges and universities in Florida including UF, FSU, UCF, FAU, Broward College, Johnson & Wales, Lynn University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Miami, and many more. Check fldex.org out to see if the college that you are interested in has a Collegiate DECA Chapter.
It’s important to remember that some things this year will be difficult for you. High school is a very important time in your life but with strong amounts of effort, time management skills, and dedication, it can be enjoyable as well!