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NEWS | May 31, 2018

Vogel Resiliency Center offers resiliency day for incoming, graduating high school seniors

By Steve Elliott 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Do you remember your senior year of high school? Was it all a bit overwhelming?

In high school, many students enjoy a high degree of parental planning and support to manage tight schedules, timelines and decisions. Senior year is often a heady mix of challenging academic schedules, extra-curricular and social activities, and uncertainty throughout the college and financial aid application process.

According to the Fall 2010 Freshman Survey conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute, or HERI, at the University of California at Los Angeles, students that continue complex, overscheduled college lives, without the support, daily guidance and monitoring of parents, often lack the planning and prioritization skills to transition easily.

So all of a sudden, the kids you were just ferrying to soccer practice and ballet lessons are having to decide what meal plan they want at college, or learn how to balance their finances, or figure out how they are going to pay for books. They have start thinking for themselves and figure out how to be an adult.

The help these incoming and graduating high school seniors learn to spread their wings a little easier, the Vogel Resiliency Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston is hosting a Resiliency Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15. The VRC is located at 2490 Stanley Road, building 367.

In this first edition, the day will include six sessions. These include:

n  Finance 101: Is your wallet empty? Budgeting on a dollar.

n  Success is in the Mind: Learning to manage stuff.

n  Cooking on 10: Learn some simple and nutritious recipes in the VRC’s teaching kitchen.

n  Freshman 15: How to avoid gaining those “Freshman 15” pounds, which refers to the amount of weight gained during a student’s first year of college.

n  Personal Safety: Learn to stay safe on campus, be aware of your surroundings and learn why the mixture of alcohol and sex isn’t the best path to take.

n  30 On 30: What if I told you ….

While most college and university campuses now have resources available to help out the struggling freshman, it can be an advantage to have a head start before the rollercoaster of emotions and experiences hit on that first day of classes.

Seating will be limited for this all-day event, so students can rotate through different sessions simultaneously. The class is free and open to all high school senior children of military members. To register, call 210-221-0326 or 210-539-1281.