I honestly hear one of the following at least twice a week. It’s getting ridiculous. It’s either:
1) “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
2) “What colleges do you want to go to?”
After I give my typical answers (“I don’t know” and “I’m not going to college”) my dad will ignore my stubbornness and go “Okay, at least tell me what’s your favorite subject?” At this point I’m either in denial about my future, annoyed with the questions, or a little of both, because even then I usually repeat, “I don’t know.”
As my history teacher reminds us almost every day, we are the most tested generation. From when we are young, we are told to work hard, so we can move on to college one day. By 5th grade, we’re already split up into different groups based on our test scores. High school is when the pressure really starts as we pile on the honors classes and extra-curricular activities to have an edge when we apply to colleges. I think most of us can agree that getting those college letters felt good, because it reminded us the hard work will pay off.
I found scheduling next year’s courses to be stressful, and I know I’m not the only one. We barely had gotten halfway through this year, and then we were forced to think about next year. Junior year is the most dreaded year of high school. We’re constantly hearing from upperclassmen about the stress of the ACTs, AP classes, and overall just a hectic school year. The week before scheduling, everyone thought hard about what will look good for colleges, what they want to take, what they need to take, and just about how many honors and AP classes can they handle. Throughout the school, you heard everyone asking each other, “What classes are you taking next year?”
I can honestly say that I have no idea what I want to be or what type of colleges I want to go to. I’ve told people that I’ll probably end up applying exactly where my siblings did, because I have no idea. I probably should face the facts and start thinking more about this, because as I’m reminded almost daily, the future is coming up and it’s important.
What do you guys think? How have you felt the pressure to plan your future? Also, do you think some of the pressure we feel in our classes we put on ourselves?