Being A Member Of The Student Advisory Council Gives High School Students A Strong Understanding Of Marketing
By Desi Wells, Stride Student Advisor
Marketing is a vital part of every business. Think about it. How will you ever get customers, if no one knows that you exist? You have to make yourself a known option in the world. That’s exactly what Stride is trying to do with the Student Advisory Council. The council shows teenagers (other high school students) and their parents that Stride schools exist, and why they may be the best option. If you’re a part of the council, or think you might like to be, here are some tips to help you better meet that goal.
One thing you might find yourself doing, as a high school student on the council, is creating a lot of videos. When you receive the assignment for a video, the first thing you should do is think about your own experiences, as a student at a Stride K12-powered school. What do you know about the topic from this perspective? What first-hand experiences have you had with the topic? What have you heard students, teachers, or Learning Coaches say about it? From this review, pick out the main ideas, and from there create a script for your video. Once you’ve finished your video, be sure to get a second opinion from a friend, parent, or council team member. They might notice something you don’t and give you new ideas. And lastly, for the final draft, make sure you watch the video by yourself and ask, “Would I want to watch this?”
If writing a blog is the assignment you are given, as a high school student on the council, then the first thing you want to do is create an outline. Every written piece needs a beginning, middle, and end. I like to determine the ending first. This is because if someone were to just skim the blog, they are most likely to read the first couple sentences, anything in bold or underlined, and the last paragraph. So, think about the very last thing you want the audience to read. What do you want them to take away from the blog? Once you know this, work with the beginning. How can you grasp your audience’s attention, to make them want to read the entire article or blog? What’s the best way to introduce your topic? Once you figure out your beginning and end, the content of the blog will easily flow out of you.
Something else you might do a lot during your time on the Student Advisory Council, as a high school student, is attend meetings. Most of these meetings will have the agenda of getting your perspective, and the perspective of other advisors, on an issue or topic. I suggest attending the meetings with paper and pen, or at least with a note-taking program open on your computer. That way, you can jot down the question being asked in the meeting and any thoughts you have surrounding it… and you won’t forget any of the information while you are waiting for your turn to speak. Another important tip is to pay attention when everyone is speaking, all adults and teens. They’re offering you more insight into other Stride schools and into the corporate world.
If you follow all of these tips, as a high school student participating on the Student Advisory Council, then creating content will come easier to you. And, some final words of advice… don’t be scared to ask your teammates and supervisor for help, when you need it. If something is starting to stress you out, then take a break. And, be yourself. They hired you for the Student Advisory Council with Stride because they want to see you.
Want to read about another Stride Student Advisor discussing their experience? Click here.
To read more about how online schooling helps students grow, be sure to check out Virtual School Motivates Teen To Become More Responsible.
Stride also has an article to help students new to online high school, so make sure you read 5 Tips For New Online High School Students, too!
To learn more about Stride Career Prep's Student Advisory Council, make sure to visit https://www.k12.com/stride-career-prep/about/student-advisory-council.html
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