10 | April 11, 2019 | the tinley Junction SCHOOL

Student Column

Big deadlines for your

future are coming soon

Olivia Lehnert

Student Columnist

With only a little

over a month

until the senior

class of 2019 graduates,

time has started moving

faster and faster as

deadlines and other sort

of finalities approach. National

college decision day

is May 1, forcing many

seniors to make difficult

decisions as to where

they will spend the next

two to four years of their

lives. Making sure credit

hours have been filled and

things such as community

service requirements have

been hit, also serve as

catalysts for students as

they find their high school

experience drawing to


The amount of pressure

on students builds, and

will continue to build,

as the days left in school

grow smaller and smaller.

One issue many students

struggle with is the making

of key decisions on

how to spend their future.

Many students go right

to a four-year university,

while others choose to get

their associate’s degree at

Moraine Valley Community

College or another

two year college before

transferring to another

university. According

to the National Center

for Education Statistics,

roughly 69.8 percent of

high school graduates will

enroll in either a two- or

four-year university,

making this chunk of

students the majority of

the graduating class. This

means that the majority of

students have a little over

a month to decide where

they want to spend their

future, and should use that

month to explore their

options to the absolute

fullest. College becomes a

home for students, even if

they choose to commute,

and making the right

decision is key in ensuring

that your tuition dollars

are well spent.

But college isn’t the

path that all students may

choose to take. Opting to

join the military in some

capacity is an aspiration

for many students, and

programs like ROTC

stimulate interest and

recruitment in high school

aged students. Another

route is going directly into

the workforce, perhaps

through apprenticing or

going to a trade school,

or directly entering into a

desired career field.

All of these options,

college, the military, and

the workforce, do have

one thread in common

though: they all require

seniors to make a definitive

and concrete decision

that impacts their future.

The reality of that may be

scary, and may cause apprehension

and increased

stress levels in students

that can make their last

few weeks of high school

feel overwhelming and

anxiety ridden. But, what

all educators, parents, and

general adults should be

telling seniors right now

is to take their time. The

decision will get made,

and if it turns out to be

the right decision, that’s

fantastic, and if it doesn’t,

nothing is set in stone.

High schoolers these

days are paralyzed by

the idea that they have

to plan out their whole

future, but that in and of

itself is an idealistic goal.

Nothing can be known for

sure, and as decision day

and graduation day draw

closer, that mind set has to

be conveyed to students in

order to keep them from

drowning in the impossibility

of trying to figure

out their whole life at 18

years old.

I implore students at

this time to remember

that every decision you

make, no matter how life

changing it may seem, has

the capacity to be right or

wrong. And that whatever

you decide to do with

your life at 18 might not

be what you’re doing at

25, and that’s okay. Life

just begins once you get

your diploma, and I hope

your last weeks of high

school until that moment

are well spent.

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School fifth-grader

What is one essential you must have

when studying?

I have to have quiet. I also need food.

What do you like to do when not in

school or studying?

I like to dance and watch YouTube.

What is your dream job?

I would love to be a daycare teacher.

What are some of your most played

songs on your iPod?

First of all, I do not have an iPod so

on my tablet I like to listen to “Solo” and

“Love Me or Leave Me.”

What is one thing people don’t know

about you?

One thing people don’t know about me

is that I sing when I’m bored and I’m very


Whom do you look up to and why?

I look up to my dance teacher Mrs.

Stephan because she always encourages

me to do my best. Also, she loves sparkles

as much as me.

What do you keep under your bed?

I keep an old crib under my bed. I also

keep things my mom says to put away.

Who is your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher is Mrs. Esposito

because she is so funny and she always

tells me to do my best and she helps me

with my problems.

What’s your favorite class and why?

My favorite class is reading because in

reading we do fun projects and I like to

do the tests.

What’s one thing that stands out about

your school?

One thing that stands out about my

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school is that we only have 199 kids.

What extracurricular(s) do you wish your

school had?

I wish my school had a dance club because

I do Irish dance and I want other

people to do it, too.

What’s your morning routine?

1. Wake up. 2. Get dressed. 3. Eat breakfast.

4. Brush hair/teeth. 5. Get shoes on.

6. Go to school.

If you could change one thing about school

what would it be?

I wish we had a bigger playground.

I wish that every grade got to go to the

playground, too.

What’s your favorite thing to eat in the


I love the school’s salads.

What’s your best memory from school?

My best memory from school is when

we built a fort in fourth grade. We would

try to keep the boys out but it never

worked. They just kept getting in.

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