Emma's Dilemmas: Preparing for the future

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By Emma Levey

From a young age, my thoughts have always been taken captive by what is to come. Not just the bad things, but also some of the big milestones of my life.

I remember being 10 years old sitting in the car and turning to my mom to say, “In six years I can drive, and you can sit in the passenger seat!” This carried on for many years, and now makes me laugh when that is the way that it is.

As I stood with my whole family on my sister’s graduation day, my first thoughts were, “In four years, everyone will be taking pictures for my graduation!”

I stood there looking at how far everyone had come; a month-old baby was being held in my sister’s arms, and a six-month-old stared at me from a stroller.

Everyone seemed to be growing up so fast, and in my mind my life was going so slow.

Every trip we took to Regina, or every time someone hit a milestone in their life, I kept counting down the years until I would be able to do the same thing.

Now the years that I’ve counting down until I reach these points in my life are starting to become fewer. And I have come to the realization that I have no idea what I’m doing. This year, as all my friends are graduating and being accepted into different universities, it makes me realize that in one year, I will be in the same position.

By looking at how fast this year has flown by I don’t even want to fathom how fast next year will go.

During my usual trips to Regina I pass the University of Regina and no longer think five years into the future, I now think only about one-and-a-half years ahead, and this makes me very nervous.

It’s crazy to think that five years ago I was excited and wanting it to come faster so that I could move out, get a higher education, and start a career!

With my recent realization, I return back to an earlier statement: I have no idea what I’m doing.

I have some understanding of what kind of graduation dress I want, and what kind of marks I want to achieve in my last year of high school, but I have little idea of what I have to do after graduation.

I’m sure that everyone has a guidance counsellor at their school, or someone that they can talk to in regards to life after high school.

I myself have gone to the guidance counsellor for ideas on what kind of classes I need for different areas of study and what kind of average I need, along with that I have also scoured the Internet for hours searching for information.

At my school, I almost daily hear the phrase, “I’m just trying to prepare you guys for university.” This statement usually comes after we hear, “So only three people have finished that assignment?”

This makes me happy to hear. The teachers that I have really do care about what I’m going to do when I graduate and what kind of education I’m going to pursue, but it would be great if we could all be prepared in a different way.

What if schools started to set aside one day, or even a few classes, to help students better understand what can happen when they graduate?

This type of day could help show you how to apply for a student loan, or what kind of classes to take when you’re finished with your high school studies. It could be a day when the guidance counsellor could help everyone as a whole.

Questions would be able to come off other questions and students would be able to understand how they can start to plan their future.

I am sure that I’m not the only one out their with a million questions racing through their heads on how to be more prepared for the future, but maybe there is only a few of us brave enough to say, “How do I even apply for university?”

Making sure your homework is done is obviously a great trait to have when developing a higher learning, but learning how to manage your money, apply for university and have an understanding of what to do when you walk out of the doors of your high school for the last time is the best kind of preparedness that I can imagine.

Organizations: University of Regina

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