With the Estevan Comprehensive School graduation ceremonies less than a week away, it got me thinking ofwhere I was when I was about to graduate in 2010.
It’s a lot for someone to think about once you graduate, because there is a whole new experience waiting for you. There are a lot of decisions to make after you walk across that stage and enter the “real world."
Should you attend post-secondary education or enter the work force right away? For some people, they have known exactly what they want do as a career for their whole lives, and life after high school is an easy decision. And also some people took advantage of high school, and the resources available, to prepare them for university.
For me, I didn’t plan at all what I wanted to do after high school. Yeah, I had some ideas, but I never really pursued them or took them seriously enough.
The one thing I did do was take my classes seriously and made sure that I had strong enough grades. If I did decide to attend university or college, I didn’t want to have to upgrade to apply.
Graduation is supposed to be exciting, and it’s an accomplishment. But in the back of my mind, I was kind of scared because I really didn’t have a plan on what I was going to do with my life.
After high school I worked retail for two years, but I realized I didn’t want that as a career.
So I did what I should have done in high school, and planned what I really want to have as career. I had a lot a help from my family, as they really pushed be to make a decision. I decided to go to Lethbridge College to major in print journalism, because I had an interest in sports reporting.
And so far it’s working out and it has led to some pretty cool opportunities that I would have never experienced if I continued on the same path I was.
This job with Lifestyles is one of those opportunities, and it is has been a valuable one to help me purse becoming a better journalist.
Graduating is supposed to give you the opportunity to explore what is really out there, and take what you learned in high school and apply it to a job or further education.
I hope the Class of 2014 will do just that.