As is typical for any rising senior, I have been asked countless times over the past three months, “What are your plans after high school?’’
This has been especially true throughout my time performing in the Great Plains Theatre professional production “The Lion in Winter.”
The patrons, my relatives, the other actors, and even my close friends were constantly wondering if I planned to study theater, where I planned on going to college, and what was I planning to do to get there.
I appreciate the concern, but I would love to talk about something other than universities, applications and scholarships for a day.
At times, it feels like life has become one perpetual conversation about the road ahead of me. However, I understand that this is to be expected for someone about to make several important decisions about their future within the upcoming months.
While I have been on a few college visits and I do have a general idea of what I want to do, it is still daunting to think about all of the things that need to be done in the coming months. Not only do I need to apply to my top three colleges, I need to begin working on finding and applying for scholarships as well. All while I am anticipating the eventual slurry of activities that will begin with my senior year.
For those that are wondering, my dream school is Princeton. Even though I use the words “dream school”, this still raises skepticism from several of the people inquiring about my future plans, due to Princeton’s limited acceptance rate, reputation and its distance away from Abilene. In spite of all of this, I still plan to apply to Princeton because I know that I will regret the missed opportunity if I don’t.
Another topic that I am frequently discussing is my planned major. According to Butler University, around 75 percent of college students change their major at least once before they graduate. If this is true, then why is there so much pressure to choose a major now when it is likely that the decision will not last for long? Of course, I have certain areas that I would like to study, but I have not locked in on one specific major. Not yet.
I am extremely grateful for the adults in my life who have given me advice on what my actions should be moving forward. However, I rarely get to speak about my current life without relating it to my future. Whenever people comment on my articles in the newspaper, they also ask if journalism is my career path. Whenever people compliment my performance in a production, they also ask if I plan to act professionally. Honestly, I am not one hundred percent certain about either one.
Amidst the foggy cloud that is my college future, I have recognized that it is also important for me to enjoy the time I have left before I graduate. This is my last summer of bliss without the looming presence of a complete life-changer (otherwise known as college). I want to make it count.
This is why I have made it a priority to live each day as if it were my last in Abilene. While still focusing on the future, I intend to make the most out of the little time that I have left in my hometown.