Students’ Future Career Plans: Time’s Running out and College is Closer than Ever!
At this stage in teenagers’ lives, mostly after reaching Sophomore year, they realize that either college is really close and they have no idea what they’re doing, or that college is really close and whatever they have planned out to do doesn’t seem as interesting anymore. Oftentimes they go their entire lives having something planned that they think they want to do, and when it comes to Senior year, it is easy to become extremely stressed out about having no ideas on how to take the first steps into the next steps of their lives.
It is often said that high school years are the fastest four years in life, being in eighth grade just a couple of years ago. I know that I didn’t take future plans seriously until recently. Now though, I see this is true. It is important to think about future career plans now and not wait until later. Nobody likes to wake up everyday dreading to go to work because they hate their job. it’s more likely for people to be able to succeed in a career they are passionate about.
So what do SLA students have planned for their futures? What are they passionate about? Students, both guys and girls, were interviewed on how they view their future after leaving high school:
Sophomore Alyssia Cutler answered, “I have many options I wanna do, but they’re really not in the same category. Like either being a pastry chef, lawyer, or even a National Geographic professional photographer even though I doubt that will ever happen.”
“I have a lot of options. I’m really interested in law and journalism. Both are really interesting and I would love to learn more about them and hopefully go in one of those directions.” Jennifer Sierra tells SLA Pioneer.
“I plan to go to Boston College or Boston University cause I wanna stay close to my mother’s food and study either automotive engineering or be an anesthesiologist.” Junior Helio Ferreira responded. “It depends on how I feel and if I’m on an empty stomach or not.”
“Besides wanting to go to an Adventist college I’m not quite sure what I want to do. I’m inclined towards studying theology and history, though” Sophomore Brandon Beneche responds.
“The habit of looking to the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one. There can be no value in the whole unless there is value in the parts.” -Bertrand Russell