Senior year is kind of weird because it seems to drag on forever (think Senioritis) and yet it flies by in the blink of an eye. There is a lot to keep track of such as making sure all of your graduation requirements have been met, that you are prepared for your graduation ceremony and celebration, and that you are preparing for life after high school. It can be overwhelming, but if you make a check list of things you need to accomplish, you’ll be all good!
- Make sure you talk to your mentor to double check that you are still on track to graduate. You don’t want to find out that you have fallen behind in any credits when you’re trying on your cap and gown.
- Stay on top of your assignments and check in with your mentor weekly. Now is definitely not the time to fall behind in your courses. Graduation is around the corner and a missing assignment could put your graduation date back if you are already teetering on the edge of passing.
- Now is the perfect time to make sure you have confirmed with a trade school or college that you will be attending in the fall, should you have plans to go to secondary school.
- If you are continuing your education, make sure all loose ends are tied up in regard to financial aid.
- Get your cap and gown steamed, and order any picture packages you wish to have of your big graduation day!
- Walk across the stage and get that diploma you worked so hard for!
- Enjoy your graduation celebration!
- Send out thank you cards to everyone that congratulated you with a gift.
- If you’re heading off to college in the fall, make sure to secure living arrangements.
- Buy books, supplies, and anything else you need for your secondary education school.
This time in your life flies by and then you’ll have the rest of your life to have adult responsibilities. Enjoy this time while you can because it’s fleeting. We hope that by having a check list, you’ll stay on track from now until September and be able to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. If you know of other teens that would benefit from learning as a virtual student, make sure to tell them about your experience with My Virtual Academy. It takes a lot of courage for a student to change schools and switch up the way they learn, but for many students, it’s a total game changer. Being able to work when they want, where they want, and at a pace of their choosing, relieves a lot of stress and puts their education back in their hands, where it belongs. Encourage your friends to visit our website, or give us a call at 800-297-2119 to learn more about our tuition-free program. Thank you and congratulations graduate!
When we decided to ask students how their experience has been at My Virtual Academy, Kayla C. was one of the first to respond. We touched base with Kayla over the phone to get her story and hear her thoughts on our program and when our conversation was over, we could summarize Kayla’s feelings into 4 words: excited about the future!
Kayla C. came to us after realizing that her former school environment wasn’t working out to her advantage. Kayla said, “I was failing. I was an F student. I was worried about everyone and everything around me. My mom transferred me to My Virtual Academy and now I’m almost an all A student!”
She went on to say that in her previous school she felt very distracted and needed to make a change. When she sat down with her family and decided that making the switch to a virtual school would be a good thing to do, the transfer was easy as she had her uncle by her side. He decided to try out virtual learning at the same time so they’ve been a strong support system for each other and are both expected to graduate in December 2018.
“Making the transition to MVA was the easiest thing in the world. I still get up at 6:45am, just like I did for my old high school, and do my schooling all day.” Like most teens, Kayla has a job to earn spending money and loves the flexibility that being a virtual student offers.
Kayla has also found that the flexibility really came in handy when her grandfather passed away a few weeks ago. Kayla said, “All of the teachers at MVA are so understanding and helpful. When my grandfather passed away, they were very understanding and they were very flexible and worked with me. That helped a lot.”
Throughout the interview, we couldn’t help but notice how excited Kayla was about not only her future, but also her current status. She raved, “Ever since switching, everything changed. My whole life has changed. I’m happier. I have a better home life now. I’ve done a total 360. My Virtual (Academy) has totally changed my life.”
When asked what her favorite thing was about attending My Virtual Academy, she responded, “The teachers. They are hands on and helpful. I went from being a failing student at my old school who was constantly brought down by my teachers and told I would never graduate or amount to anything and now here I am. I’m going to graduate with good grades and I recovered the credits that I needed from my old school.”
As we ended the interview, we asked Kayla what she would say if she were talking to her old self or students who are struggling now and contemplating making a change in their education and her answers were profound.
“Take a breath. Don’t stress over stuff before it happens. If you need help, the teachers at MVA are always there to help you. Most importantly, do it for yourself and for your life. If you have any future plans or goals for yourself, you need to do it. Make the switch. Do it for yourself.”
Well said, Kayla.
If you or a loved one is struggling in their current school, please know there are other options out there. My Virtual Academy provides coursework tailored to each, individual student. We provide a flexible learning structure where the students are able to complete their coursework at their own pace, from the comfort of their own home. We have enrollment specialists that would love to answer any questions you may have and explain more details about our tuition-free academy. Please reach out to us by calling 800-297-2119 or visiting our website, www.myvirtualacademy.com.
When is the last time that you started something new or embarked on a new adventure? We all get those flutters in our stomach and wonder if we’re making the right decision when we give something new a shot. It’s perfectly normal and that’s exactly what happened to Branna W.
Before enrolling in My Virtual Academy, Branna was a teen in high school that was getting into trouble and kept getting suspended. She spent a lot of time fighting and trying to fit in with friends that she now realizes weren’t really her true friends at all.
Branna owes a lot of credit to her mother, Kimberly, who knew at the end of Branna’s 9th grade year that her current situation was bad news and she had to make a change. Kimberly thought back to an ad she saw on a bus for My Virtual Academy and decided to give us a call. We were so happy she did!
There are a lot of parents who find themselves in a situation very similar to the one we just mentioned. The important thing for parents to keep in mind is that there is hope! Just because their teen isn’t excelling in their current school doesn’t mean all hope is lost. At My Virtual Academy, your student’s success is our number one goal. After all, if they don’t succeed, we don’t succeed.
When Branna’s mom discussed switching to a virtual learning academy, Branna was resistant to start. She wasn’t interested in changing up her learning environment, which is understandable – change can be scary.
After a rough start with our program, Mrs. Karasienski encouraged her to get moving in the program. During the first meet-and-greet, Branna got to meet Mrs. Karasienski. Being able to put a face to the voice behind the phone was just what she needed to start plowing ahead. Hearing words of encouragement let her spread her wings and she started flying through her classes. Branna was so motivated that she worked hard and graduated a whole year ahead of schedule!
That’s the beauty of flexible, individually-paced learning. If you want to forge ahead and complete courses rapidly, you can. If you are a student who needs some additional time, you’ve got it! It’s really a win-win for every student enrolled.
Branna has her sights set on attending Oakland Community College and is in the process of determining which field of study she would like to pursue. Picture this, Branna was a student who didn’t see her future in a very bright light. She had no hope for success. Now she has graduated ahead of time and is planning on attending college.
Your future is bright, Branna. Let your light shine!
If you have a student in another school and they are facing difficulties for any reason, we encourage you to reach out. Our staff can walk you through how our academy works and discuss enrollment. You may call us at 800-297-2119 or visit us online at www.myvirtualacademy.com.
Gabriella D. moved to a new city and had to switch schools at the tail-end of her sophomore year in high school. Like most of us, Gabriella found change to be difficult. She began having anxiety attacks and wanted nothing to do with school. The thought of attending a virtual school crossed her mind over the summer so she enrolled but didn’t take it seriously or put much effort into her schooling.
Shortly after realizing she wasn’t taking online learning seriously, her mom sent her back to her previous high school. Gabriella was unhappy and had already made up her mind that she didn’t want to attend. Gabriella recalled, “I was skipping school all the time. In the time I was there, I skipped every day. I wanted to drop out. I wanted to give up. I brought up the idea of giving virtual school another try and said I wouldn’t drop out if I could take school online.”
She went on to say, “My senior year came around and I was told I was technically a junior again, and that’s when I thought to myself, ‘What am I doing?’ Around October or November of 2017, I started to work on school and by January 2018, I had already completed 8 classes. It is now April and I now have 15 classes completed and I will now be a graduate of 2018 as I should be.”
That’s the beauty of virtual learning. When you attend My Virtual Academy, you can work at your own pace – as slow or fast as you want. That flexibility allows students like Gabriella to recover credits and work at a more rapid pace so that they stay on track with their original date of graduation. The pride shown on student’s faces as they graduate on time or ahead of time is priceless.
Gabriella proudly says, “No words will ever describe how proud of myself I am and how good it feels to say I worked really hard for this! And, of course, with the help of my amazing teacher, Mrs. Premcevic! I honestly didn’t think I’d graduate and then I thought I would graduate next year but now I’m graduating this year. I’m so proud of myself!”
Gabriella is still contemplating what she wants to do after graduation, but as of now, she has her sights set on attending cosmetology school. One thing is certain, whatever she sets her mind to, she will achieve! We are so proud of you, Gabriella!
If your student would benefit from a customized lesson plan, being able to work from the comfort of their own home, and learning at their own pace, please reach out to us to learn more about our academy. It’s a tuition-free school that may be the perfect fit for your student! Visit our website or call 800-297-2119 for more information. We hope to hear from you soon!