Editor debates school versus ‘real world’

Aerin Johnson
Editor-in-Chief

Author Heather Brewer talks to senior Aerin Johnson after speaking at the All Write Festival Feb. 24.  Photo by SeVana Bierman

Author Heather Brewer talks to senior Aerin Johnson after speaking at the All Write Festival Feb. 24. Photo by SeVana Bierman

After four years of high school, I have learned one thing: It’s a really scary place to be.

High school is the place where parents and teachers tell you that everything counts: grades, clubs and activities. It’s where you have to decide your entire future in four years, and after that you go to try and fulfill that dream whether it is at college or in the “real world.”

Does it really matter though? If you are going to college, then after you graduate from there no one is ever going to look at you high school grades or say they can’t hire you because you failed that one class, your senior year. If you go into the “real world,” then do you really have to remember that one guy, in that one time period, who did that one thing (unless you plan on going a trip across the world).

Still teachers, parents and counselors always tell us to keep our grades up and remind us that we should take classes based on what we plan to do for the future. Now, I know that I want to write, but not everyone else knows what they want to do with their lives immediately.

Sometimes, students need to have things slow down. They can’t be rushed to make a decision. Making big decisions are tough at age 18 and even tougher when you have to start making them at age 14. These are those teenage years where you are still coming into your identity and should spent finding who you are currently than having them being spent on deciding what you want to be in the future.

Instead of high school being such a scary place where we are forced to decide the future, we should really be deciding who we are in the here and now.



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