Pressures of Finding Your Path After High School
by Faith Garcia: Brightonian Staff
Since the moment we are able to answer it, the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has been asked time after time, seemingly one of the most important questions we’re asked. As a child, you could want to be a ballerina, an astronaut, or a pop star -- oblivious to the increasing seriousness of the inquiry. However, it becomes more and more daunting as it starts to count.
So what are you to do when your dreams of living in a pink castle become questioned by reality? Well, we must begin to think practically. We are told to dream big, and that we can do anything. Little did we know, those words which once held so much meaning would someday be distant thoughts and memories. We then find ourselves settling for the practical option, although it may be seen as sensible to some, seems like no way to live in my opinion.
Schools are trying to prepare us for our futures. As high school students, we are undergoing extremely pivotal years, with getting sheer ideas of what we want in the future. I find this helpful especially for myself, because I want to know everything there is to know about what I want to commit my life to before I actually do. Although, I also think this increases stress levels on the subject. There is so much to think about, it is hard to grasp it all, especially when it seems as though it is being forced down your throat at school.
There is so much stress that comes with deciding what you want to do with your life, and although it is somewhat necessary, it is hard on the mental health of students. So much pressure comes with answering the question, “What do you want to do with your life?” For so many, after all the extensive time thought, the answer is still “I simply don’t know.”