TITLE: Diary of a Senior: Big Discovery GRADE LEVELS: 9-12 CONTENT AREAS: English, Advisory, Life…
Ask yourself questions for the answers to your future
The jobs of the future are made up of vocations you may already be familiar with and those you may not have even known existed. The evolution of science and technology will continue to change the shape of and need for products and services consumers use every day.
Future in-demand careers will not necessarily make you big bucks, but those in these vocations will have an edge over those who have basic job skills in vocations with average growth.
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.
As you should all know by now, high school is a place to make friends, develop your knowledge, and be a part of a team. However, as you become upperclassmen, the objective changes.
You will realize that the key to making your high school years successful will be whether or not you prepared yourself for life after high school. It is easy to fall down due to the enormous pressure placed on seniors and juniors, but the true mark of a diligent student is to see whether or not he or she shrugged off the stress and got back up.
Therefore, the most important advice I could give to my fellow students would be to set aside time and get the process done early. By devising a plan to attack the meat and potatoes of the post-high school process (SATs and college applications), you can focus on the other aspects of high school life later.
To my fellow students who are searching for colleges or just trying to figure out plans for the future, I have some advice that has been very helpful to me during the stressful time we like to call senior year.
Apply to colleges. That’s the hardest part, and once it’s over all you have to do is wait. But then, maybe after a not-so-horrible-as-you-thought rejection letter (I think it’s just that awful wordÑrejectionÑthat makes it seem like it’ll be so bad, but it’s really not; there are other colleges), you get accepted!
Then, all you have to do is choose. It’s great if you have one college that stands out (for me it was McGill University, which I highly recommend by the way!), but if you’re just sort of iffy on all of them, go visit.
As you read this, I will be preparing to exit the doors of my high school, feeling a sense of accomplishment that I survived those four years! Despite the challenges and obstacles, I learned many lessons that helped me become the person I am today. And, as my duty as a senior, I am going to offer my advice to all of you for next year and beyond.