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.
So here you are well into high school and you have no idea what the heck you want to do for the rest of your life. Major problems, right? Don’t panic yet.
Joel Norton loved animals and knew he wanted to work with them. But he wasn’t exactly sure how to go about making a living out of doing it.
“It wasn’t until I was in an animal training school and worked with a rat and a hawk, (not at the same time of course), that I knew I wanted to be a trainer,” he said.
If you’ve ever dreamed of turning your passion for animals into a career, animal training might be the right fit for you.
Close your eyes and picture yourself 20 years in the future. Do you see a family in a cozy home in the country? Do you see a busy life in a bustling city?
Are you working 40 hours at a desk or out in the field? What do you see? This exercise will help you determine what you should do after graduation.
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.
This year so far has been a full on learning experience for me.
Coming to Central Michigan University, I was unsure about what I wanted to pursue. I thought it would be fun to go into the broadcasting and journalism fields, but as I started to continue classes, I realized it was fun but something I didn’t want to make a life-long career. Both of those are my hobbies -- and don’t get me wrong they could make wonderful careers for someone out there -- but I knew it wasn’t my calling.
Throughout the past six months, my perspective on my life plan has shifted ever so slightly. I’ve entertained new ideas to advance myself financially and spiritually to become a more well-rounded person.
As much as we’d like to deny its existence, senior year is slowly but surely approaching. Soon, scholarly matters will fill our heads and the summer will be a distant memory.
On one hand, I’m completely stoked to start school especially as a senior, a top dog, the head honcho if you will, because not only is it our last year in high school, but it will also be the beginning (yes it is indeed cheesy) of the rest of our lives.
On the other hand, I’m utterly terrified of the road that lays ahead, a road consisting of the dreaded college applications, the worry and fear of seemingly inevitable rejections from respective colleges and the separation anxiety that awaits us as we leave for college.
What I would like more than anything this year is certainty. I want certainty about which college to attend, which major to choose and which career I should go into.
I have many ideas about college and many pictures in my mind of places where I will be happy, challenged and successful. But what I want is the absolute knowledge that I am doing what I’m meant to do.
How do you get the most out of your years in high school? There is so much that I could say! I suppose the easiest way to go about this would be to start from the beginning, before you’ve heard back from the schools you applied to, before you’ve even applied.
The best thing that you can do to prepare yourself for college applications and to make yourself the most attractive applicant possible to your favorite schools is simple: make yourself stand out. I know, easier said than done.