Life After High School

By: Karla Patey
Roncalli Central High School
Port Saunders, NF

The end of the school year is near. Fears have set in for some students who will be graduating from high school this June. This means that these students have to make decisions about where they want to go and what they want to do.

Many are finding the decision making more difficult than expected. Should I go to college? Should I look for a job right away? Should I take a year off school to think about my options? These are some questions that students ask themselves as they are about to go out into the world on their own.


Kristen Brown , who will be graduating from Roncalli High in Port Saunders, is unsure about her decisions for her future. "As of right now I'm suppose to be attending Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, in Corner Brook, to do a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy. But, I'm not really sure as to where I want to go to do this."

Mr. Hoddinott, guidance counselor at Roncalli High, says that graduating students face these decisions every year. He has met with many of the level III's to discuss and answer questions about their plans after they finish high school. "I give them any information that is needed to help them in their pursuits for their future, such as scholarship applications, loan applications and other important information that I can offer to them," says Mr. Hoddinott.

"I'm excited to be going off to school so I can study biochemistry, in hopes to become a doctor. I look forward to living on my own and making my own decisions. I have no worries about any choices I have made so far," responds Heather Lavers, who does not feel the pressure that other graduates are feeling.

Unlike Ms. Lavers, Chatal Gaslard also faces the fears and problems in making decisions for her future. She states, "I'm frightened of being out on my own, and that nothing will work out. It also scares me to start a new school, and meet new people. The biggest fear of all is having to budget my own money."

This will be a learning experience for these students that are preparing to go out in the real world. It seems common for students leaving high school to face pressures of making their decisions for their future pursuits. They hope that their hopes will come true.