Kyle Smith ‘16 – Now that we’re in high-school, it might feel overwhelming, like you’re expected to know the answers to what you’re going to do for the rest of your life.

However, even though this is the most important part of your life where you have to make a lot of big decisions, your mind isn’t even fully developed yet.

Truth be told, don’t pressure yourself. You aren’t alone. Everybody goes through figuring this all out.

RHS and the RETC have so many opportunities open to you, from languages to auto-mechanics, construction to newspaper and yearbook. It’s never too late to start exploring these, especially now while it’s free and you have the chance. Finding out what isn’t for you is just as valuable as finding out what is, and could save you a lot of time and money down the road.

That’s exactly how Joe Manto ‘16 discovered his passion for computer science, which he says he will be majoring in at Western Michigan University.

“Sophomore year, I was in Mr. Griffin’s Deutsch III class and we were doing some coding on,” Manto recalled. “Building something and then seeing it work in front of you is amazing.”

Since then, Manto has taken AP Computer Science at the RETC, knows HTML, Java, and Objective-C programing languages, and has even taught himself some things in his free-time. He isn’t sure yet what he’s going to minor in, but that’s okay.

Skylar Baysa ‘16 on the other hand has taken advantage of the dual-enrollment program.

“It has helped me understand how college classes work, so that the jump from high-school doesn’t seem so big,” Baysa explained.

And like Manto, she has taken advantage of the elective opportunities to get an idea of what career she wants to go into.

“Currently I’m taking Accounting I, and I’m going to college for business; just not completely sure where,” Baysa explained. “Right now I’m on track for my ABA [Associates of Business Administration], which is a general business degree.”

Very few seniors are completely sure what they’re going to do. Many are still deciding on their majors and minors, or what colleges they want to go to, and that’s fine. The important thing is that they have an idea. Some rough plan that is subject to change. That is what you want to strive for by the end of senior year: a solid but flexible direction.

However, graduation isn’t just the end of your time as a high-schooler, but it also means your childhood is coming to an end. It’s time to learn to be an adult.

“At the end of senior year pretty much everyone goes their seperate way,” Baysa said. “It’s unavoidable; different colleges, different states, even overseas. Don’t take your friends and the moments you spend with them now for granted!”

So whether you’re going on to higher education, going to a trade school, settling for your diploma, or working for the family business, the biggest thing is that you’re happy.

Sometimes you have to let life happen as naturally and unconsciously as breathing. Just have a friend by your side who knows the Heimlich maneuver.



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