Where am I Going After I Graduate?

The key to success is not knowing where you are going,    but how to get there!

Life after high school is full of endless possibility. Will I go to college, the military, or into the workforce? If I choose college, how will I pay for it? Can I pass the entrance exams? What scholarships are available? What options does the military offer?


Find answers to these questions, and many more, in HOME's 2021 Life After Highschool recorded webinar series. Scroll to the bottom of this page to register and a link will be sent to you! Once registration is complete, you will be able to view the Life After High School webinar recordings!


For those headed to college, our Writing Successful College Essays webinar recording, featuring former high school English teacher, Angela Hurd, will explain the "how to" of writing a college essay that will get you noticed by admission counsellors. Register here for a link to this webinar!


How to Leverage Early College for your Post-secondary Education is an informative webinar, featuring UMA, UMaine and UMaine Machias Early College Directors, Rachael Magill, Kari Suderley, and Christy Alley. Together they team up to present an informative session on Early College Enrollment.  Register here for a link to this webinar!


Speaker and Workshop Line-up!

The Early College Landscape in Maine (Rachael Magill & Kari Suderley)


What is Early College, how can my student get more information about offerings, why should I participate? These are just a few of the many questions that arise on a weekly basis within UMA’s Office of Early College. Early College in Maine is no longer one of the best kept secrets, but it can be challenging to know where to start. The presentation will speak about the program in general and how to become informed. This will be Part 1 in the conversation, which will be followed up by a longer presentation on Saturday, October, 30th at 10am, How to Leverage Early College for your Post-secondary Education. 


adMission Possible - Prepare Like an Ivy Applicant (Jean Burk)


Most students won’t be accepted or really don’t care to go to a top-tier or Ivy League school; they are extremely selective regardless of high stats. But what if you knew the criterion to get into one? This information could be used to over prepare for other schools, especially if they are test blind. Ultimately it could help you to stand out at other colleges or just in case you did want to attend one of "The Ancient Eight.


Navigate: How to Figure out the Big Decisions and Multiple Options of Young Adulthood (Jonathan Brush)


Making big life decisions isn't easy. For many young adults, facing new decisions — decisions about college, career, life purpose, and more — is overwhelming. And instead of leading to confidence and excitement about the future, big decisions often lead to stress and stalling out. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if your student stopped trying to make decisions by grasping for the one "perfect" answer? What if, instead, they learned to make decisions through a process of asking questions, testing multiple answers, and reflecting on possible outcomes?


In this session, we'll discuss principles behind the kind of productive question-asking and decision-making that equips young adults to move forward with confidence.


All Students Can Beat Standardized Tests-Why You Should be Loving the CLT (Jean Burk)


The Classic Learning Test has become the gamechanger in the time of COVID-19. Their enrollment has steadily increased 1000% weekly and it has been accepted by "all colleges" in lieu of the SAT/ACT cancellations. This test could be your open door to college entrance and scholarship money now and after the pandemic. 


Making College Affordable and Ways to Maximize Financial Aid (Nikki Vachon)


Paying for college seems like something you start thinking about senior year of high school but in reality, the earlier you start, the more prepared you’ll be. Join Nikki Vachon, College Access Counselor to talk about ways you can start planning for your child’s education now, no matter their age, that will help maximize the amount of aid you receive as well as ways to shop for an affordable college. We’ll also focus on how to apply for financial aid, look for scholarships (did you know that there are scholarships that middle school students could apply for?) and share best practices. Bring your questions!!


Military Options for Graduates (David P. O'Neil & SSG Rowe, SSG Esposito)


With less than 1% of our population serving in the military it is not always a pathway on students short list.  The Army offers many rewarding opportunities for individual’s to grow and develop skills such as Leadership, Discipline, Loyalty and Respect which are  traits highly sought after in today’s competitive job market.  Learn what the Army is like through the experience of an active duty soldier.  Education is one of the keys to building a successful future.  Professional training and challenging experiences combined with a wide range of educational opportunities can help make you a better Soldier and person.


Early Graduation Options (Kathi Kearney)


Sometimes homeschooled students finish high school early, either because they needed the challenge of advanced coursework, have been learning right along with an older sibling, or finished a basic high school course of study and wish to move on to work or career training. In this session, HOME Board Member and Maine Certified Teacher Kathi Kearney shares more about the questions, options and legal considerations surrounding graduation for students under the age of 17.