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Free at last, What to do after high school
By: Melissa V., Grade 12, Fredericton High, Fredericton, NB

As the school year draws to a close, the 2003 graduates are faced with the decision of what to do in the fall. After spending 12 years in a structured public school system, the students' freedom to choose their own path finally begins.

There are the typical choices people make after high school. Some go straight to university or community college, others take a year off to work and decide what they want to do later, while others decide to work full-time for a living. No matter what though, this is a time in every young person's life where the decisions they make can affect the outcome of their lives in the future.

Lanny M., a grade 12 student at Fredericton High School, said, "I think that after high school is when people really begin to gain a greater sense of self because they don't have people telling them what to do as much anymore, and it's important for teens to continue their educational careers because it'll be a benefit to them in future endeavors."

Lanny is taking the university route but he is not staying close to home as many who attend their first year of post-secondary education do. He has hopes of attending The Art Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.

"I've always been interested in photography and that's what I would be studying in Atlanta," said Lanny.

Some who are not sure what they want to do begin by taking general courses their first year of university, while others have a better idea of where they wish to go with their studies.

Casey W., a grade 12 student at Fredericton High School, said, "I'll be attending Saint Thomas University in the fall and I'll be in their journalism program."

Like her father, Casey has hopes of becoming a journalist as she enjoys writing about things that matter.

"I like to write about important issues and inform people of things," said Casey.

Clearly, we live in a day and age where the possibilities are endless and if you can dream it, you can do it.


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