Seniors are starting to catch cases of senioritis. They can’t graduate fast enough, the world is out there waiting for them to make their mark. Hopefully they’ve planned and prepared themselves for the future. A lot of our seniors have said they have prepared as well as they can but they are still scared about their futures. Mike Weaver (senior) said he was “100 percent prepared for graduation, beyond that...about 10 percent.”
After surveying some of our seniors, the majority had already applied and received admission to a college of their choice. When asked how they were planning to pay for their expensive education, a variety of answers came into play. Most said they planned on paying for college themselves and using scholarships. A few have their parents helping them out.
There are millions of reasons and influences on high school students’ decisions to go to college. Parents, friends, family, teachers, peers, getting a head start, each, if not all, of these play a part in the final decision. After surveying some of the seniors, they offered their reasons. Krishelle Andersen said she was going to college now, “If I don’t go now, I’ll forget everything and I might not go back.”
The majority said they wanted to jump right in so they could be closer to starting the rest of their lives. No matter what the deciding factor is, college will pay off in the long run. Heather Williams (senior) said, “Education never sleeps.” It’s a proven fact that college graduates have a better chance of having the salary they’ve dreamed of when compared to those who are only high school graduates.
In the last issue of Cross Currents, past seniors gave their advice to those soon to be graduates. Expounding on that, today’s seniors offer their advice to fellow peers. “Work hard now, take the ACT more than once, don’t get over-extended and over-committed, and have fun,” said Anthony Mills. “Find what you want to do and stick to it, don’t let things slip out of reach,” said Chris Williams. “Apply early and do what’s best for you, not others. It’s your education,” said Kendall Cappellucci. “Enjoy life now, save your money, live in the moment, explore the things you like and research careers that seem to interest you, do an internship. Get involved!” said Sharee Aposhian. “Follow your dreams even if it takes hard work to get there,” said Anna McAlister.
For many people, the memories of high school will forever be engraved in their minds/hearts. The most memorable experiences in high school had to do in some part with friends, sporting events, drama, and the music department. “No single event — all the little ones add up to make an amazing high school experience,” said Kaitlyn Craig.
Good luck with future plans and make the world a better place.