What’s Next after High
The day is approaching when all high school seniors
take the first leap to independence, when choices must be made, and when every
step taken counts for the future that lies ahead. Unfortunately it’s not
as easy as it seems. Making the right choice is difficult because there are so
many paths that one can take. Through the halls of Blair High School most seniors
are preparing themselves for whatever comes next.
Some have already decided what they’re going
to do, but others are still in the dark when it comes to choosing the right path
to take. It’s hard to decide what to do when there are so many choices to
choose from, “I know what college I’m going to, but I don’t
know what I’m going to major in because there are so many careers to choose
from,” explained Rosemeari Calegary.
But some seniors, like Yesika Rodriguez, are still
unable to decide. “I don’t know what to do. I want to continue studying,
but I also want to work. And if I work, I won’t be able to study at the
same time because I need the money,” explained Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is not the only senior who is still undecided
even though it’s late to still be thinking about this. Grecia
Bartolo is another senior who is still unsure. “I don’t know because
I plan to work so I might not go to college. I have to work because my family
needs my help. I might work for three years then go to college,” Bartolo
According to Blair’s counselor Jennifer Taylor,
most seniors choose to go to college or a university after high school. But then
they face the problem of what college or university they should attend. To find
information about college, seniors consult their school counselors, research the
Internet for information, or they talk to the school career advisor.
Others like junior Erin Long have other plans, such
as going to study out of the country. “I want to take a year off and then
go to college, but either way it’s going to be abroad,” Long said.
Other than college, there are other options to choose
from. There are vocational schools that provide American youth with training designed
to prepare them for the work place. There are technical schools which help students
develop the skills and knowledge in the work field of technology, such as ITT
Technical School. There are also secretarial, auto tech, and cosmetology schools
that are popular.
One well-known vocational program is the Job Corps.
It offers job programs and is paid for by the government. “I plan to go
to the Job Corps for a year, then move to Georgia. I’ll go to college there,”
explained Rashieda Lake a Blair junior.
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