10 | April 11, 2019 | the tinley Junction SCHOOL tinleyjunction.com 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 close. 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. visit us online at www.tinleyjunction.com the Tinley Junction’s Standout Student Sponsored by Marquette Bank Addison McAvoy, St. George 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 sensitive. 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 photo submitted 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 cafeteria? 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. Standout Student is a weekly feature for The Tinley Junction. Nominations come from Tinley Park area schools.
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