Making Sure that Decisions about My Future are Mine

By Alyece Johnson on June 25, 2013
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North St. Paul High School,
North St. Paul, Minn.
Hometown: Maplewood, Minn.

The three most important factors to me in choosing my life ahead are: Am I choosing a job/major that solely is interesting to me and not just based on what others think? Am I comfortable living somewhere where I may not know anybody? Will my parents be nearby?

Whatever I pick in my job/major I want to make sure its what’s best for me and is something I’m really interested in. Everyone has different ideas of what I should do, from dentistry to computer forensics to law. I know what I want to do but it’s hard when everyone else is throwing their opinions at me; most of the time these people have good explanations for why they think I’ll fit into that field, and sometimes it makes me second guess myself. I’m always open for new thoughts, even if I already have a set plan for myself.

When my parents were telling me what they wanted me to major in and where I should go for school, it was hard to keep with my own thoughts because they’re my parents and usually parents know what’s best! But I’ve realized that even though they’re my parents, I call the shots on what I want to do in my future. I know what I want to major in (political science) and I know I want to go down South for school. It’s my life, and I’m just trying to make the best of it.

Time for a change
Since I plan on going to a school down South, I have to get used to the idea that I won’t have any friends when I move down there, I won’t know where anything is (malls, restaurants, etc.). It’s kind of been an inspiring thought. Moving down South will help me experience new things. I’ll meet new people and probably create some great memories.

I didn’t like the idea of staying in Minnesota all my life; I’ve been here far too long. It’s time to go and venture out. I think it’ll be hard to leave because all my friends are here, some of the people I’ve known since elementary school and created special bonds with. People around me tell me to stay in Minnesota because it’s where I grew up and I know so many people -- but that’s just it, I want something new. I want to meet people from other states, and I definitely could use a new winter climate!

Family ties
My last one involves my parents. I do want to leave but I don’t want to be too far from my parents, or any family for that matter. When going to college, I know money will be an issue so it’d be nice around the holidays if I had family to go to. That won’t deter me from going where I want to go but I’ll still want my parents to be able to visit me or at least I be able to visit them.

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