Straight Talk Bob McDonnell

Success in college and a career is a process which includes taking the time to find out and build upon the important aspects in students’ interests and abilities. This will pay off in excelled opportunities later.

Teachers and employers need to know who you are, what you are capable of, and what successes you have had to date. This is only possible by knowing what your strengths are. Students should be taking courses, and looking for internships and opportunities that enhance their strengths. Also, taking the time to create visibility, presence, and image with your teachers and professors will help by:

• Building a solid resume through activities, internships and clubs that they endorse for the student and it will give you great work experience.

• Creating an opportunity for top-notch recommendations because the teacher/professor will really know who that student is and believe in their ability.

• Getting opportunities for special work assignments that can be used to further a student’s interests in a particular area.

• Lastly, by figuring out just what his/her strengths are a student can achieve their dreams.

• Bob McDonnell is executive director of Arizona College Planners, L.L.C., a member of the College Planning Network, the National Association of College Funding Advisors and the National Association of College Acceptance Counselors. For questions, email

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