Student Life: Take a minute and reassess

I’ve said it before, but at this very moment, nothing could be so heavy on our shoulders.

For those my age, it’s our graduating year. We’ve come this far, we’ve worked so hard, we’ve had our ups and downs, we’ve made discoveries along the way, and now we’re here.

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Now we’re up against the age-old question: do we want to continue our education or will we make a go at it on our own?

In truth, the answer is starting to become a bit ambiguous. There is no wrong or right answer, depending on where you want to go in life.

Of course, we’ll always need to satisfy our hunger for knowledge. However, there are so many open doors for young people these days. At every turn, there’s an opportunity to learn.

It’s not a bad idea to go to post-secondary, but it also shouldn’t be bad to want to explore different options. We can broaden our horizons by travelling, learning about other cultures, gaining work experience, and making contacts.

For the people who never took well to school, for those who never fit the mould, the ones who felt drained by the end of every day, if you’re panicking about your future, maybe you need to take a minute and reassess.

Everything is going to be okay. It’s not the end of the world if you’re unsure or you think you’re not ready. We’re all different and need to take our time to adjust for the big change that’s to come.

We can take it in our own careful steps. We can’t rush ourselves and we can’t force ourselves to do something we’re not comfortable with. These are the years that will build us up for the rest of our lives; it’s alright to have second thoughts or big dreams.

Macy How is a grade 12 student at Brooks Secondary School in Powell River.

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