College: Is It For You?

Kristof Tacata-Fe, reporter

As many seniors start rushing to fill out their FAFSA, research colleges, and explore what majors they want to take; some are thinking about other options. Whether you’re planning on college, a gap year, working, or internships, it’s undeniable that now is a huge transition for millions of young individuals worldwide.

Whether you’re shooting for a top-notch Ivy League school, a dainty small-city college, or still deciding on a path, the thought of deciding is stressful.

Maybe college isn’t for you. Perhaps you’re looking to work or attend trade school to obtain the skills and knowledge required. As the population increases and the world consistently changes, the demand for skilled technicians in areas such as electricity, plumbing, and construction is also increasing.

It’s safe to say the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 had a really stressful and bizarre end of high school experience.

As everyone was holed up at home during this pandemic, several graduating seniors didn’t get their graduation ceremonies till later, some not at all. Graduation is a rite of passage for many and all high school students; this signifies a transition in life.

However, as the time comes for the class of 2022, many are left wondering about their future paths.

“Yeah, I mean I plan on going to college. Where? I’m not so sure yet. I’m figuring it out as I go.” said Senior Kayman Shomer.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Do your research and reach out to college advisors, ask your teachers and staff questions you may have. Ask college students you know about what they did, what their steps were.

Take baby steps, one day at a time, one question at a time. You shouldn’t look into the future with fear and worry, rather with curiosity and excitement, as you slowly transition from teenagers into adults. The options are plenty and limitless. Do what you want, pursue your dreams and aspirations. Be the person you want to be.

A glimpse into the University of Nevada, Reno, where many are currently attending.

Photo Credit: Kristof Tacata-Fe

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