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
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.