My panel saw:
- a future chemist, currently the captain of the football team who is headed to UC Berkly with a Regents scholarship to study chemical engineering,
- the senior class president, former competitive gymnast who is the only cheerleader to be going to college on a cheer scholarship and wants to work in radio.
- a student who spends every Saturday feeding the homeless and aspires to run a homeless shelter.
- an AVID student whose life has been turned in a new direction by that program and now plans to attend college and potentially medical school as well.
- the son of divorced parents inspired by his stepfather to attend college and study aeronautical engineering in hopes of someday working for Virgin Galactic or NASA.
I found myself telling the future rocket scientist that there are astronauts that he could follow on twitter. He didn’t know that. All of them had to create a resume as part of their portfolio, but do any of them have a linked-in profile? Do they know that their future employers, landlords and blind-dates will check their digital footprints? I’m not sure.
The future looks bright. Everyone of these new graduates will make the world a better place. I just wonder if we could have taught them more about it.