Specifically, address or speak to many of the particular difficulties and problems that young Black women encounter in higher education or their future careers.
When these problems are ignored, they send signals of invalidation and invisibility that exacerbate the issue and leave Black girls unprepared for their professional careers.
Unfortunately, many Black girls today will face many of the same injustices that their grandmothers did... in the classroom, lecture hall, and workplace. Much of the gaslighting, microaggressions, and discrimination they may face can have a negative impact on their mental health, confidence, and cause them to doubt their intelligence and abilities. Avoiding these discussions does a disservice to Black women who are planning their futures. They must be made aware of what may lie ahead.
The statistics on Black women and student loan debt are astounding. With this knowledge, families can consider their funding options and plan strategically to pay for college.
Without candid conversations and being made aware of future intersectionality risks such as racism, sexism, and discrimination, Black women may be disappointed to learn that college isn't always their ticket out or doesn't guarantee success, a job, respect, or equity. College can also be a breeding ground for financial issues with far-reaching consequences if students are not guided and equipped with strategies for making college work for them.
Unlike traditional mainstream college prep books, College Bound is written specifically with the Black girl in mind, addressing unique challenges stemming from racial disparities in high school graduation gaps and a lack of access to education, resources, and opportunities to better prep them for life beyond high school.
For Black girls specifically, this time is crucial for the formation of their identities, the realization and ownership of their purposes, and acquiring skills and knowledge necessary to mitigate future risks of intersectionality (racism, sexism, inequalities, and other disadvantages) that could create unnecessary obstacles in the future.
College Bound is a resource-rich road map for teenage and young adult Black women preparing for college and life beyond! This comprehensive guide offers tools for smart and strategic future planning, covering EVERYTHING from junior year of high school through college graduation. Checklists, exercises, chapters on the application process, scholarships, budgeting, debt management, resume writing, interview practice, and more are included! This book provides readers with the affirmation, self-assurance, and tools necessary to be successful on their journeys.
IN THE COLLEGE BOUND BLACK GIRLS GUIDE, READERS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN THE FOLLOWING:
• How to identify, celebrate, and leverage their diversity (Black Girl Magic)
• How to complete the college, financial aid, and scholarship application process
• About wage gaps, avoiding debt, and financial freedom strategies
• The importance of skills, trades, and entrepreneurship for Black girls
• Ways to identify gifts, talents, and passions to best select college majors
• Strategies for implementing positive mental health practices
• Tips for making friends, navigating PWIs, HBCUs, and the social scene
• Time management, critical thinking, decision-making, conflict resolution, and communication skills
• How to build effective study habits, boost GPA, develop resilience, and more!