After I receive that bright, shiny diploma, and I am no longer required to attend school, I plan on running away to join a circus. I am an amazing tightrope walker.
Just kidding. I have terrible balance and would fall as soon as I no longer had solid ground beneath my feet.
I hope that a similar demise will not befall me when I attempt my real post-secondary future.
A world full of endless possibilities lies beyond our school walls. The question is: Amid all those opportunities, which ones are right for each of us?
As college-bound students, it will take us months to discover our own niche. Right now, we are probably counting down the days to graduation; through this anticipation, we are either enjoying the remainder of high school or waiting for something better to come along.
But, it’s important to remember why we want to go to college or any other post-secondary place. Whatever we consider as a priority will affect the next step we take.
As I think about my next step in life, my main motivation is to receive a good college education, travel the world, and never compromise my morals.
In retrospect, my fate was sealed the moment I started high school. At the risk of sounding like a gigantic nerd, I adore learning, and I enjoy school for the most part.
I want to learn as much as I can about the world before I undertake any form of a long-term career. Eventually, I want to become a literature teacher, and the best way to learn how to teach is to listen to those who teach.
Graduate. It’s a distinction that every high school senior can’t wait to achieve.
As a senior, I know that there is only one more year ahead of me. One more year of waking up to catch the bus and walk through the halls. One more year of going out on the weekends with friends that I have known since I was in elementary school.
But, before I fast-forward my life too far ahead, I must face several tough choices regarding my future. As I sit back and think about next year and the decisions which will be coming full-speed ahead, the best thing that I can do is figure out what is most important to me.
The most important factor in my decision making process is proximity, because I want my college to be close to home, my friends, and family, and most importantly I want my decisions to be close to my heart.
As the school year continues and college application deadlines approach, making a final decision can be quite overwhelming. Some students may choose to defer a year or join the military; I, on the other hand, have chosen to continue on to college.
Everyone has their ideal college in mind, but in reality, trying to find it can be difficult. Choosing three of my most important priorities has helped me narrow down my search.
After high school, I intend to seek out as much knowledge as possible, while mastering the journalism career. My top priorities are developing the skills and knowledge to help me advance in the journalism field, becoming as worldly-minded as possible, and being in an environment that allows me to grow through advancing opportunities.
If the title didn’t draw you in, maybe this will: the things that most of you have lost sleep over in high school will mean nothing two years from now. In the grand scheme of things, if you’re lucky, the people you dated, parties you attended and teams you were on will be long forgotten. High school is a game, and the apparent “winners” are rarely winners in the long run.
My freshman year, dozens of people told me not to get caught up in the petty, unimportant stuffÑunfortunately, I found this advice too cliche and completely ignored it.
With our senior year coming to a close, there is so much advice I can think to give to incoming seniors; so many things to avoid, to watch out for, and to make sure they get done.
But when I asked my friends, “What would you have done differently?” they all smiled and surprisingly said, “Nothing.” While they all had things they wish they would have known, or things they thought were right but ended up being wrong, they learned that this past year was a pre-req for life; the best preparation is to just live it.
So, the best advice I can give to anyone getting ready to set off on their last year of high school is hold on tight because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
As senior year comes to an end, there are so many things to look forward to: graduation, prom, and, of course, college. Words, alone, cannot express the anticipation and excitement I have to finally decorate my dorm room and live on a college campus.
But looking ahead to what I know will be some of the best days of my life, I cannot help but look back. There are so many things I wish I would have known about senior year and college before this transition period began.