This coming fall, I am finally going to be a senior in high school. Am I excited? Of course I am. It’s the year that my entire education has culminated towards, and it’s starting in less than three months. Of course I’m excited. However, as any teenager entering the so-called “real world” the future seems to be daunting and scary.
I am extremely grateful to have the choice of what I want to do with my future. My parents are supportive of most any decision I make, so I know that whatever profession or school I choose to apply to and attend will be the right choice for myself and my family.
Now, schooling. I’m already certain that I want to attend a four-year college or university after high school. It’s something I’ve known pretty much forever. As I grew older and more aware of what college actually was, I also realized how expansive the choices for schooling are in the United States. There are thousands of higher education institutions, some better than others, but a great number nonetheless (though, all extremely expensive).
However, none of that matters if I can’t figure out what profession I want to pursue first. Recently, I’ve really been into graphic design and journalism. Sure, they aren’t the STEM field that I may have thought to go into before, but I think a more creative way is the best for me. I think I’m a creative and artistic person, and I continuing that train of thought is probably best. Is it going to make me a living in the future? If I do it correctly, anything can make me a living. That’s the kind of mindset I think everyone needs to have, especially when they start to consider degrees that some may call useless. I’ve definitely called a large number of humanitarian-type degrees useless, but I’ve realized that even history majors could have as much of a chance and so called upper-level lifestyle as the chemical engineers.
Getting back on track, my future is still in question. I guess now that I’ve narrowed down the fields of study, a school is the next step? I really don’t know how to plan my future, and it’s a crazy feat, especially since I have to start applying to schools in a few months. I need to perfect my grades, my SAT scores, my AP scores, my extracurriculars, my everything that will prepare me for college. It’s getting overwhelming from all of the parts that anyone has to consider before leaving their parent’s nest to take on the “real world” and be an adult. Adulting is hard.
But, I am still going to be optimistic for the future, especially as I am still young and have so much potential in the sea of people that populate the world around me. I plan on updating my thoughts and plans for the future as I figure them out here on this blog. Now that I’ve typed that out, I can’t back out now.
I hope you are able to figure out, or already know, what the future holds for you. Thank you for sticking around and reading!