College and Career

Skills You Won’t See on a Test

By on September 13th, 2018

Talk to any employer, and you will hear the same concerns: graduating students have mastered their hard skills – skills that can be taught through technical topics and academic subject areas. However, the same students are greatly lacking skills they need to interact successfully with co-workers and customers.

It seems hard to believe that we have so many “qualified” young people who are deficient in the fundamental soft skills needed to acquire a job.

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Going Beyond “What Do You Want to Be?”

By on August 8th, 2018

How many times have you been at a back-to-school event or a family reunion and someone asks your child, “So what do you want to be when you grow up?”

In many cases, the child responds back, “Firefighter, Teacher, Doctor, Athlete,” and then the conversation ends. While asking a child what they want to do when they grow up is a great question, how can we go deeper with our kids to help be an advocate for their future? Continue reading


Class of 2018 Senior Survival Guide

By on May 24th, 2018

Earlier this year, our FLVS Full Time Senior Class officers presented a “Senior Survival Guide” to the current juniors. Their presentation was fantastic and full of great tips from the viewpoint of a student. Whether you’re looking ahead to senior year or graduation is a few years down the road, several of these tips for FLVS students apply to any grade level.

Now without further ado, here are the top 10 tips for surviving senior year at FLVS from our Class of 2018.    

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Advice from the College Pros

By on April 12th, 2018

Are you thinking about applying to college? Stressing about what the college admissions panel is looking for in an applicant? Wondering what will make you or your student the most competitive to a university?

At the 2018 College Board Southern Region Forum, college admissions experts from across the south gathered to share their knowledge and expertise in regard to university admission. Check out this infographic titled “Advice from the College Pros” to hear what they think are the most important aspects of the college admission process. Continue reading


Making Connections for the Future

By on April 13th, 2017

FBLALife is about the connections we make. Sometimes these connections come from people we’ve known our entire lives, friends next door, colleagues, or even classmates at school.

Because fitting in is a big part of a student’s success, especially during the teenage years, making these connections and collaborating with others can help students grow and learn. Studies have demonstrated this, but I learned it firsthand when I was still in school.

Transitioning from middle to high school was difficult for me, so the 9th and 10th grade years were a trying time in my life. Luckily, I had some excellent teachers who helped me adjust. One particularly important moment was the day my 11th grade computer teacher encouraged me to attend a Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) meeting.

When I finally relented and decided to go, I didn’t yet realize I’d made one of the best decisions of my life. Continue reading