Top 5 Questions (each month)

Journeying alongside your high school grad is vital in helping them prepare for their post-secondary chapter. Below are our Top 5 starter questions you can use each month to initiate the conversation.

NOVEMBER

  1. Have you submitted your application?
  2. What led you to choose those 3 universities/colleges?
  3. How do you think you’ll think/feel in June? (Maybe write yourself a letter, seal it and open it then.)
  4. Who can help you make this transition in the next few months?
  5. Are you visiting school campuses for Fall Tour and Preview days?

DECEMBER

  1. (If your grad is in a non-semestered school) Are you ready for your exams?
  2. This being your last Christmas as a high school student, what are you noticing/remembering the most?
  3. What’s the greatest pressure you’re feeling right now?
  4. Who can you invite to pray alongside you in the next few months as you move from high school to post-secondary? (Let’s call them your prayer circle.)
  5. What scholarship / financial assistance options are available to you?

JANUARY

  1. As you look ahead at your life in the next four years, what are you excited about learning?
  2. As you look ahead at your life in the next four years, what are you excited about experiencing?
  3. As you look ahead at your life in the next four years, what worries you?
  4. As you look ahead, what do you want to see happen in your relationship with God over the next four years?
  5. What did you learn in the last semester/term that you can apply this time?

FEBRUARY

  1. With your midterm marks going in, how do you feel?
  2. Do any needs in your high school or in the world particularly tug on your heart?
  3. What sorts of words do you hope people use to describe you now?
  4. What sorts of words do you hope people will use to describe you in 5 years from now?
  5. Have you visited the campuses you’re applying to? (Have you visited campus groups and/or churches in those areas?) If you are planning to go, you can meet a Christian campus rep through Transition 101 by notifying us at transition101.ca/go.

MARCH

  1. With your midterm marks going in, how do you feel?
  2. Do any needs in your high school or in the world particularly tug on your heart?
  3. What sorts of words do you hope people use to describe you now?
  4. What sorts of words do you hope people will use to describe you in 5 years from now?
  5. Have you visited the campuses you’re applying to? (Have you visited campus groups and/or churches in those areas?)

APRIL

  1. When should you be expecting your application responses?
  2. If you already got them, how are you making your decision? What criteria are you using?
  3. In light of Easter, how is Jesus influencing your decisions in the next few months?
  4. Have you visited your campus yet? (If so, meet someone from a Christian campus group by notifying at transition101.ca/go. If not, consider registering for the May 30 event at transition101.ca/come.)
  5. What is your financial situation heading into September? (Do you need to work and save up for school?) What’s your budget during school?

MAY

  1. Where have you seen God at work around you these days?
  2. If you’re going away for school, who will you connect with?
  3. If you’re staying home for school, what will your life look like as an “emerging adult”? (Are you and your parents on the same page with those expectations?)
  4. If you have siblings: How are they reacting to your plans for next year? How will your relationship with your siblings change next year?
  5. What are all the plans for graduation ceremonies and parties next month?

JUNE

  1. What’s one way you could thank God for your time in high school?
  2. How will you keep in contact with high school friends?
  3. Which teachers are you thankful for? (Have you expressed your appreciation to them?)
  4. What happened this year that was expected? What happened that was unexpected?
  5. How have you grown in your faith in God this year?

JULY

  1. What are your plans to continue to grow in your faith?
  2. What do you hope to accomplish or experience before September?
  3. How are you “wrapping up” your high school career?
  4. Have you connected with the people you met when you visited the campus or when you went to the May 30 event? (If not to either, consider getting connected digitally at transition101.ca/connect.)
  5. What preparations are you making if you’re moving away?

AUGUST

  1. What kind of closure are you feeling with your “high school” life essentially over?
  2. Did you accomplish or experience what you wanted to this summer?
  3. What are three anticipations you have for September?
  4. What specific prayer requests have you submitted to your prayer circle?
  5. Who are some people you will contact when you arrive?

SEPTEMBER

  1. Which campus group have you connected to? Which church have you worshipped at?

  2. What’s been the biggest surprise this September?

  3. What anticipations were met? Which didn’t quite happen the way you wanted it to? (What could you have done differently?)

  4. What are some of the biggest obstacles for connecting with Christian community?

  5. Who are you regularly connecting with at school? Back home? From church?

OCTOBER

  1. Who’s helping you grow in your faith?

  2. What changes have you seen in yourself since this new chapter of life started?

  3. What do you miss about high school life? What don’t you miss?

  4. What are you most proud of so far on campus?

  5. What’s been your biggest struggle?

NOVEMBER

  1. Who’s helping you grow in your faith?
  2. What changes have you seen in yourself since this new chapter of life started?
  3. What do you miss about high school life? What don’t you miss?
  4. What are you most proud of so far on campus?
  5. What’s been your biggest struggle?