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Trust, prayers help with future plans

August 21, 2013
In children's younger years, they are absolutely thrilled to be starting school. The kiddos love learning; it's the cool thing to do. After a few years, when nap time comes to an end and the workload gets tougher, students begin getting burned out with school. They are more concerned with fitting in than dividing fractions. Once junior high hits, they dread the thing they used to love. The day drags on while what they call "meaningless" information is being forced into their heads. Then, once the dreaded high school years come about, kids are simply counting the months until June, when they will be temporarily set free before they are sent back to do it all again.

That last year of high school is the roughest, however. Students are pushing themselves harder than ever so that they will make it to graduation. They are counting the months until June, when they will be set free from all this nonsense they call school and will not have to go back the following summer with their younger peers.

A common misconception among high school seniors is that there is nothing after this. They graduate, get their diploma, high school is over and everything is going to be easy now. Right?


This is the mindset that I had all through school. I just couldn't wait to graduate. I thought that everything was going to be easy from here on out. I thought that the worst part of my life was over with; now I could move on and do something more productive with my time.

Soon after graduation, I realized that I was wrong. I got a job; three actually. I have a small one-day-a-week job, a one-day-a-week internship and a part-time job that I go to four days a week. Although these jobs are a bit more enjoyable than school and I am making a profit by committing my time, it is not what I thought I would be doing. It is not all butterflies and daisies, like I imagined life after high school would be.

Another post-high school activity that is commonly pushed to the side is college. It is scary for most students to imagine what they want their profession to be for the rest of their life. College costs a lot of money and demands a large amount of time. No one wants to waste four years and thousands of dollars to get a useless degree in something they end up disliking.

As a young Christian, I began to pray and ask God what He wanted me to do with my life and where I should attend college. It was a confusing journey; I was led in so many directions that I didn't know which way to turn. For most of high school, I wanted to pursue a career in music, journalism or business. I just could not make up my mind, and I was so concerned that I would not earn a degree in the correct field. The last few months of high school, however, it came to me: I was going to major in psychology. I love to help people, so I decided to become some sort of therapist.

Another stressful decision was which college to attend. I had a college in mind, but it cost quite a bit more than my parents had imagined it would. With many arguments and much critical thinking, I changed my mind and decided to attend a local college where I could remain living at home. It was affordable and seemed like it offered a good education. Soon after I made my decision, a phone call came that I had received a large scholarship for that particular institute. I took that as a sign and am now anxiously awaiting the first day of classes.

Even though I have been led to this place, it is still not an easy road. I have many concerns for this upcoming year of school.

The first, and probably least important, is making new friends. I attended a high school where everyone knew each other. There were less than 60 people in my high school's graduating class, and most of us had grown up together from kindergarten.

Now, I am about to join into a whole new network of people whom I have never met. It will be a new experience as I talk to new people and see new things that don't frequently happen in Harrison County. Luckily, though, there will be some familiar faces, as it seems that half of my class from South Central Junior-Senior High School is attending the same school as well.

A second concern of mine is maintaining responsibility. The scholarships I received expect a minimum GPA, as well as several other requirements. This puts a lot of pressure on me to study hard, get good grades and meet all of the requirements so that I can continue to receive funding for my education. I want to get good grades anyway, of course; this just adds a lot of tension to an already difficult task.

During college, I also plan to join an extracurricular club and get involved on and off campus. I will also need to continue working, attending church services, making time for my friends and family, studying and completing homework assignments and, if there is any time left, having fun and relaxing. It is going to be extremely tough to maintain all of these actions. The hardest part about it is, I have to do it all on my own. The professors aren't going to tell me, and the college itself will not inform me. These are things that I have to complete on my own and take responsibility for.

College life is going to be difficult to get accustomed to. Everything is going to be completely different from what I know now. There are many new and exciting adventures on the road ahead. My life is just beginning, and everything is being put in its place and beginning to make sense. This is exactly where God wants me. I hope to be the best I can be and get prepared for my life after college, when more new experiences will occur and everything starts anew again.

So, here is my advice to students: Don't stress over your future. Work hard, trust God and pray, and everything will turn out the way it is supposed to be.

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