When I Grow Up...blue owl

Who-who-who do you dream of becoming when you grow up? Whether you want to be a firefighter, accountant, engineer or music teacher, education after high school can help you reach your goals.

Want to Go to College?

Now’s the time to decide to do your best in school so you'll be ready for high school and then college.

  • Show up. School is important, so make sure you’re in class as often as possible.
  • Do your homework. The more you practice something, the easier it becomes. Learn how to build good study habits.
  • Show respect for your teachers and other school officials. Their dreams have always been to help you and the other kids in your school make your dreams come true! Show your appreciation for them by treating them with respect.

Other Helpful Tips

  • Stay healthy.
  • Set goals and work hard to achieve them. Your goals should be SMART.
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Relevant
    • Time-based
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Stay out of trouble.
  • Talk to your parent/guardian about opening a savings account or a 529 savings plan.
  • Check out the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade. You may qualify for free tuition!
  • Get involved! Lots of college scholarships are based on your school activities and volunteer work. Be sure to keep track of your accomplishments!

Whoooo's Footsteps Will You Follow?

Mentors can be very helpful at any age in life. Is there someone close to you who you admire? If so, don’t be afraid to ask them for help and advice.

Dream Big!

Do you want to be a firefighter? A teacher? The president of the United States? Cut out pictures of people who are living your dream. Read about them; find out what they had to do to become who they are today. Put your pictures and articles that represent your dream into a scrapbook. Do you have more than one dream? That’s great! Just keep adding to your scrapbook when you explore new options. Then, when it’s time to choose which dream you’ll follow, you’ll have a lifetime of dreams to look back on.


Visit these websites with your parent/guardian for more information:


Win a Prize!

Click on the image below to tell us what you dream of becoming when you grow up and how you plan to make your dream GROW true. You’ll receive a prize in the mail within a few weeks.

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Did You Know?

Almost 60% of jobs in Oklahoma will require some education beyond high school in the year 2018.
–Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2011

Oklahomans with at least two years of college are three times more likely to have a job than those with only a high school diploma.
– American Community Survey, 2010