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Journal Writing Project - Decisions, decisions, decisions


Thu, Dec 30th, 2010
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project



Being a teenager and a senior in high school can be stressful, as you constantly have to make decisions: What should you do today? How are you going to make a difference? How will it affect yourself and other people around you? I can say, with being a senior and a teenager, that these questions are constantly going through my head each and every day. Even if you are not a senior or teenager, I'm sure that you contemplate decisions for your future.

It's hard to imagine that when you are 17 or 18 you are making so many decisions about your future. Where are you going to go after you graduate from high school? What are you going to major in? How are you going to pay for it while learning to live on your own?

Some people think the senior year is a year of slacking off and relaxing because it is your last year of high school, but honestly, it's far from relaxing. You still have schoolwork to keep up with,along with other school activities, but the most stressful thing to add to the list is applying to college and then deciding on where you're going to go. It's a tough decision, but you need to realize that you aren't alone.

I recently applied to my top two choices for colleges and received acceptance letters from both. It was a great feeling, but with the acceptance came another decision. I needed to decide on where I was going to go to further my education in the fall of 2011. Let me tell you, it's not an easy decision. So, what did I do? My parents and I cleared a weekend and toured both colleges and my mom told me that I would know which one would be the right "fit" for me. There would just be something that would trigger it, and let me tell you, she was right.

I ended up making a decision by the following weekend, but for some of you it may take longer and you don't want to rush it. You need to find the place that "fits" you best. In the beginning of my college search, my mom also told me that even though you are making a life-changing decision, it's not permanent. If you think something is better for you, like going to a different college or changing your major after a year or so, then make the change in your life and do what is going to be best for you. My philosophy is to do what makes you happy, that way you can't go wrong.

Jennifer Quanrud is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is one of 10 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its twelfth year.

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