Recognizing College Opportunity


“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”

–Thomas A. Edison

Seventy-eight scholarships were awarded in June 2013.  Less than 30 days ago 100 scholarships were awarded to Horizonte alternative high school graduates.  Many of the scholarships were not used last year.  I’m monitoring this year’s to determine how many are utilized.

Everybody’s best intentions are on display graduation day.  What the faculty and staff concerned themselves about just a few days earlier, level of student commitment to college, was allayed by a wave of caps and gowns.

Then summer intervenes.  The lack of an assignment and a deadline may postpone autumn semester registration beyond the point of securing desired classes.   Despite our goal of having all scholarship awardees registered for college before high school commencement, one-third of our recipients has still not registered.

It’s hard for me to comprehend all that these under-represented students have overcome to get to college entrance and then not cross future’s threshold.  If they intended to enroll for summer, it’s too late.  For fall, they still have time.  Recognizing opportunity is the difference between success and failure, it’s said.

  • It starts with desire and letting that desire work within you. A seed planted in your heart.
  • Be teachable.  Be open to new suggestions, approaches, methods, ideas.
  • Establish a goal.  Think and dream about it.
  • Identify obstacles to reaching the goal.
  • Commit yourself (thoughts and resources) to that goal.
  • Be patient.  All this takes time.
  • Like magic and a law of physics, opportunities present themselves.  You’ll see them.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”  –Winston Churchill

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