The Importance of Setting New Year’s Resolutions

The beginning of a new year is a fantastic moment to reflect on the past and consider the future. Setting New Year’s resolutions is a powerful tradition that can aid in personal growth and development. It enables you to create a roadmap for the year, providing guidance towards a more purposeful and fulfilling high school experience and beyond.

Setting specific goals for each subject and cultivating effective study habits can improve academic success. Balancing school, extracurricular activities and personal life is essential and can be achieved through time management. Resolutions can also contribute to a healthier and more balanced lifestyle, personal enrichment, and creative expression. Developing personal and social responsibility through volunteer work and financial knowledge are other valuable resolutions.

The beauty of resolutions lies not only in their creation but in the commitment to their realization. Remember to embrace the process, celebrate small victories, and be adaptable. The resolutions you set now have the power to shape your high school experience and lay the foundation for a promising future.

May this year be filled with achievement, joy, and self-discovery!

January’s National Thank You month

In addition to new year’s resolutions and fresh beginnings, January is the national Thank you month.  Let gratitude warm our hearts this January as we reflect on the blessings around us and express our appreciation for the people, situations, and opportunities in our lives. Gratitude has a remarkable power to uplift the human spirit and strengthen connections to those important people in our lives.  This month encourages us to pause, reflect, and express our heartfelt thanks.  A simple, “thank you” can brighten someone’s day and create a ripple effect.  Consider writing a thank you note to those important people in your life.  The more you put into your written thanks, be it text, email, or handwritten note, the more transformative it will be to your recipient and yourself.  Gratitude and its expression have the power to transform lives and communities.  This month, let gratitude be your companion as you extend a heartfelt thank you to friends and family who support you, mentors who guide you, and anyone else that you are thankful for.

2024-2025 FAFSA Application is Now Available

The time has come! The 2024-2025 FAFSA application is now available. High school seniors can check out our AzSOC FAFSA 2024-2025 Canvas Course for detailed instructions on completing the application and more information. Remember, the FAFSA is the key to obtaining free college funding, so it’s critical to complete it as soon as possible. Start today! Additionally, join us for Zoom FAFSA presentations.

My Future AZ

As you set out on your academic journey, it’s important to consider the exciting possibilities that lie ahead, including exploring opportunities like My Future AZ. My Future AZ is a platform dedicated to helping students like you navigate the path to success by providing valuable resources, guidance, and insights into various career options and educational pathways. Whether you’re contemplating college, vocational training, or entering the workforce directly, My Future AZ can assist you in making informed decisions about your future. From career assessments to information on scholarships and internships, this platform equips you with the tools to plan your educational and professional path. Remember, your future is filled with unlimited possibilities, and My Future AZ is here to support you each step of the way. Embrace the journey, stay curious, and use My Future AZ to carve out a path that aligns with your passions and aspirations.Check out My Future AZ at Learn more about My Future AZ in the AzSOC Counseling Resource Center under Teen Life.

AzSOC Counseling Resource Center

AzSOC’s new Counseling Resource Center in Canvas is a valuable resource for students offering guidance and support. This center offers a wealth of information on a range of topics, including:

  • College and career advice
  • Senior News
  • Scholarships
  • Academic assistance and tips
  • Teen Life
  • Careers related to your interests and abilities
  • Mental health and well-being

If you have any questions or need further information on a specific subject, please contact your AzSOC counselors at Your AzSOC are committed to assisting you in achieving academic success and beyond.  Check it out today!


AzSOC Counseling Zoom Presentation Schedule:

Each Session will include a brief information session on that week’s topic, and then the counselors will stay online to help students.Topic Led Sessions: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2-4pm

Jan 9th & 11th : Scholarships!

Jan 16th & 18th: FAFSA 2024-2025 & How to Get Your Pell Grant

Jan 23rd & 25th: Arizona Colleges: ASU, NAU, University of Arizona

Jan 30th & Feb 1st:  Setting Goals & Then Making Them Happen

High School JUNIORS! Class of 2026! Check out this special opportunity just for you!

It’s TIME for you to get signed up for the College Board’s BIG FUTURE!

This is a great site that will give you practical, helpful information about preparing for college and a career. It’s one of the better sites out there to guide you.

They also give out a ton of scholarships to students just for signing up and completing their college ready steps. It’s a win win!

All you have to do is create an account and complete the tasks on your dashboard. Then you are entered into monthly scholarship drawings for $500 and $40,000!

The faster you sign up, the more chances you have to win! (And more importantly, learn about college information that can change the direction of your career and life!)

Click HERE to sign up!

College Bound Seniors, Check out these upcoming deadlines!

ASU, NAU, and UofA –Upcoming Deadlines Click HERE to see the admission, scholarship, and housing deadlines.

If you are planning on attending one of the three large public universities in Arizona, start applying and working through the process right NOW!

We have a handout that shows all of the upcoming deadlines as well as links to START APPLYING.


January 15, 2024. Application is due for the ASU President Barack Obama Scholars Program. You must complete your application by Jan 15th and your FAFSA by March 1st. For students that qualify, this includes a full tuition waiver, housing, and meals! It’s valued over $90,000! Click HERE to apply. For students on free and reduced lunch, it’s free to apply. You don’t even have to apply for this program. If you qualify on the FAFSA and you have all of the admission requirements met for ASU, it is just granted to you! Click HERE for more information.

Scholarships for Grades? Grades start over in January!

Just a reminder that your grades start fresh this semester. For all students looking to improve their GPA, now is a great time to focus on your goals for your grades.

GPA-Grade point average. This number takes all of your classes and gives you points for each grade you get.

A=4 points

B=3 points

C=2 points

D=1 point

F=0 points

This number is then divided by all of the classes you’ve taken. A 4.0 GPA is a perfect score with all A’s. You can see your GPA on your transcript.

Transcript-A transcript is just a school record of all of your classes and will calculate your GPA. This document is used when you are applying for colleges and for some jobs. Some car insurance companies also use it to give you a discount for good grades! You can ask your school counselor or school front office for a copy of your transcript.

How can my GPA help me earn scholarships?

Here are some examples of how much money you can get from your GPA:

NAU: 3.75 GPA and above is worth $11,500 per year!

UofA: 4.0 GPA is worth $12,500 per year! 3.5 GPA is worth $5,000 per year!


Remember! The higher your grades, the higher your GPA. And a higher GPA can lead to more opportunities for college admission and scholarships.